Abortion Constitutionality

Supreme Court Allows Kentucky AG to Intervene to Defend Pro-Life Law

Here is a link to a Scotusblog report on the Court’s decision in Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center, P.S.C. On March 3, 2022, the Court reversed a Sixth Circuit decision that had refused to allow Daniel Cameron, the Attorney General of Kentucky, to intervene in a suit involving the constitutionality of a Kentucky statute banning dismemberment abortions.

After the Sixth Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling finding the Kentucky statute unconstitutional,  the Kentucky Governor decided not to pursue further efforts to  defend the constitutionality of the statute. Cameron then sought to intervene but the Sixth Circuit  refused to allow intervention. The Supreme Court ruled, by an 8-1 vote, that the Sixth Circuit’s ruling on intervention was in error. The Supreme Court’s decision will allow Cameron to pursue efforts to defend the constitutionality of the Kentucky statute.

The Court’s ruling will help to ensure that pro-life legislation is defended in court, even in situations when the state’s governor doesn’t support the law.

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.