US Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to Arkansas Pro-Life Law

Here is a link to a LifeNews story on the US Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a Planned Parenthood challenge to an Arkansas pro-life law. The case is called Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma v. Jegley and the Court denied review on May 29, 2018. The law restricts medication-induced abortions and requires clinics performing medication abortions to have a contract with an ob/gyn who has admitting privileges at a local hospital. A federal district judge struck down the Arkansas law but the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed that ruling.   The Court refused to hear a challenge to the Eighth Circuit’s decision. Pro-choice groups had viewed the case as an important indicator of the Court’s commitment to the its 2016 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The Arkansas case will now return to the lower courts.

Richard Myers

Richard S. Myers, the Vice-President of UFL, is Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law, where he teaches Antitrust, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, and Religious Freedom. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kenyon College and earned his law degree at Notre Dame, where he won the law school's highest academic prize. He began his legal career by clerking for Judge John F. Kilkenny of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Myers also worked for Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C. He taught at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law before joining the Ave Maria faculty. He is a co-editor of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives (Catholic University of American Press, 2004) and a co-editor of Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy (Scarecrow Press, 2007). He has also published extensively on constitutional law in law reviews and also testified before Congressional and state legislative hearings on life issues. Married to Mollie Murphy, who is also on the faculty at Ave Maria School of Law, they are the proud parents of six children - Michael, Patrick, Clare, Kathleen, Matthew, and Andrew.