Update On Kentucky Abortion Ban Class Action

Affiliate: ACLU of Kentucky
December 12, 2023 9:57 am

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LOUISVILLE, KY — On Monday, attorneys informed a Kentucky court that after filing a class-action lawsuit challenging the state’s abortion ban last Friday, lead plaintiff Jane Doe learned her embryo no longer had cardiac activity.

ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project deputy director Brigitte Amiri, who represents Jane Doe, released the following statement:

“Jane Doe sought an abortion in Kentucky, and when she could not get one, she bravely came forward to challenge the state’s abortion ban.

Although she decided to have an abortion, the government denied her the freedom to control her body. Countless Kentuckians face the same harm every day as the result of the abortion ban.

Kentuckians like Jane should be able to focus solely on their health and should not have to worry about bringing a lawsuit. But the Kentucky Supreme Court previously held that health care providers could not raise the constitutional rights of their patients. Unfortunately, patient-led challenges like Jane’s are our only path forward to strike down the bans under the right to privacy and right to self-determination.

We encourage others in Kentucky who are currently pregnant and seeking abortion to reach out to us if they are interested in joining the case—call or text us at (617) 297-7012. We will do everything we can to restore abortion access in Kentucky.”

The complaint for Jane Doe, et al. v. Daniel Cameron, et al. can be found here.

The motion for class action can be found here.

The motion for leave for Jane Doe and others similarly situated to proceed under pseudonym can be found here.

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