Amicus Brief: Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition For Reproductive JusticeBy Chris Gacek Senior Fellow for Regulatory Policy
In the Supreme Court of the United States
Terry Cline, Et. Al.
Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Et. Al.
On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the Oklahoma Supreme Court
Brief Amici Curiae of the Family Research Council and Alliance Defending Freedom in Support of Petitioners
Interests of Amici Curiae
Family Research Council ("FRC") is a non-profit organization located in Washington, D.C. that exists to develop and analyze governmental policies that affect the family. FRC is committed to strengthening traditional families in America and advocates continuously on behalf of policies designed to accomplish that goal. FRC contends that many women who undergo an abortion experience unexpected emotional and physical harms which they might not risk if adequately informed about those potential harms. FRC further contends that chemical abortions have a distinguishable set of adverse effects that State governments are permitted to regulate under federal and State law and the principles established under Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey. Since the approval of the mifepristone regimen by the FDA in 2000, FRC staff have closely studied the adverse effects of this abortion regimen releasing one such report in May 2012. While FRC believes that the FDA's approved regimen is unsafe and its approval should be rescinded, its evaluation of the data underscores that the use of RU-486 off-label is particularly unsafe and has resulted in an alarming frequency of adverse events, including death. State legislators should be empowered to act to protect the health and safety of their citizens by restricting these particularly dangerous and unapproved uses.
Alliance Defending Freedom ("ADF") is a non-profit, public interest legal organization that provides strategic planning, training, funding, and direct litigation services to protect religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and marriage and the family. Since its founding in 1994, Alliance Defending Freedom has played a role, either directly or indirectly, in many cases before this Court, including: Gonzales v. Carhart, 550 U.S. 124 (2007); Scheidler v. National Organization for Women, Inc., 547 U.S. 9 (2006); Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, 546 U.S. 320 (2006); Washington v. Glucksberg, 521 U.S. 702 (1997); and Vacco v. Quill, 521 U.S. 793 (1997); as well as hundreds more in lower courts.
ADF is deeply concerned about the sanctity of human life, including the protection of the lives of women who choose to end the life of their unborn child. As a legal organization that often advises State legislators, ADF is also concerned about the tendency for abortion to distort the law, in this case erroneously curtailing the authority of State legislators to protect the health and safety of their citizens by regulating the use of dangerous prescription drugs within their borders.