Federal Court of Appeals Invalidates Alabama’s Ban on Dismemberment Abortions

Here is a link to a LifeNews.com story on the 11th Circuit’s August 22, 2018 decision in West Alabama Women’s Center v. Williamson affirming a lower court decision invalidating Alabama’s ban on dismemberment abortions. Here is a link to the court’s opinion.

An interesting feature of the decision is that both Chief Judge Carnes (the author of the lead opinion) and Judge Dubina (who wrote a short special concurrence) indicated their dissatisfaction with Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Judge Dubina expressly noted that he agreed with Justice Thomas’s view that the Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence has no basis in the Constitution.  This case is likely headed to the United States Supreme Court.

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. http://www.avemarialaw.edu/index.cfm?event=faculty.bio&pid=11705E7D4E0111010366