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Davis Participates in Submitting Brief to US Court of Appeals in Texas Abortion Case Davis Participates in Submitting Brief to US Court of Appeals in Texas Abortion Case

Martha Davis4.24.18 — In a legal challenge to Texas’ restrictions on a safe and common form of late-term abortion, Professor Martha Davis and attorneys from the law firm Paul, Weiss have submitted a brief to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Paxton, was filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood in 2017. A lower court held that Texas cannot enforce its restrictions because doing so imposes an undue burden on the abortion right. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is appealing that decision.

“The state argues that the US is an international outlier when it protects women’s reproductive choices, but the reality is quite the opposite,” said Davis, an expert on human rights and social justice. Prior to joining the faculty of Northeastern University School of Law, Davis served as vice president and legal director for the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Davis, who participated in the brief as counsel, argues that the Texas measure, which bans the safest and most common method of ending a pregnancy in the second trimester, conflicts with international norms and “the global trend in the laws of individual nations is towards liberalization of abortion access.”

Professor Aziza Ahmed, Davis’ colleague on the Northeastern law faculty, is among the amici who joined the brief, along with Ivana Isailovic, an adjunct professor at the school.

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