Jane Doe, et al. v. Daniel Cameron, et al.
What's at Stake
A Kentucky woman filed a lawsuit in Jefferson County Circuit Court challenging two of the Commonwealth’s abortion bans that collectively eliminate almost all access to abortion in the Commonwealth. The case details the severe harms that Jane Doe, who is approximately eight weeks pregnant, and a class of all pregnant Kentuckians seeking abortion are enduring because the government has denied her access to the care she needs.
Jane Doe brings a class action on behalf of all Kentuckians who are pregnant and seeking abortion to strike down these abortion bans, which have been in effect since August 2022, under the state constitutional right to privacy and self-determination. The lawsuit comes just over a year after Kentuckians emphatically rejected an anti-abortion ballot measure that would have amended the state constitution to exclude the right to abortion.
A prior lawsuit on behalf of abortion providers representing their patients was filed in the days after Roe v. Wade was overturned challenging the same bans. After a trial court initially blocked the bans, Attorney General Daniel Cameron appealed the decision and a court allowed the bans to go into effect. The case ultimately made its way to the Supreme Court of Kentucky, which issued a ruling in February saying that abortion providers could not raise the constitutional rights of their patients in cases brought in Kentucky courts.
Plaintiffs Jane Doe and Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawai‘i, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky are represented by attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Kentucky, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Craig Henry PLC, and O’Melveny & Myers LLP.