Contact: Anne Newman
Trinity Legal Center files amides brief
with U.S. Supreme Court
The Trinity Legal Center filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme
Court in Acuna v. Turkish.
“The Acuna case and the brief are important for two very significant reasons,”
said Linda Schlueter, President of the Center. “Our brief provides substantial
scientifically reliable data that the Supreme Court said it lacked last year, and the
Acuna case involves a state court condoning a physician giving false and
misleading information to a pregnant woman about the nature of the life within
her,” said Schlueter.
In 2007 in the partial-birth abortion ruling,” the Supreme Court acknowledged –
for the first time – the detrimental effects of abortion on women. However, the
Court stated that it had “no reliable data” concerning these effects. “This gave us
an opportunity to provide the Court with evidence showing the harmful effects of
abortion,” said Schlueter.
See extensive research by Dr. Priscilla Coleman in Appendix B of the Brief.
When Rosa Acuna was told by her physician that she was pregnant, she asked if it
was a baby. Her physician told her, “Don't be stupid. It’s just blood.” Following
an abortion, Rosa Acuna hemorrhaged and was hospitalized. There she learned
that baby parts were left inside of her.
To gain informed consent, a physician must provide accurate and truthful
information. Lower courts agreed with Rosa Acuna, but the New Jersey Supreme
Court actually condoned a physician giving false and misleading information to a
patient and cited 35-year-old science in doing so.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s action on this case could significantly impact state
laws, particularly informed consent requirements.
In the coming months, the Supreme Court will decide if it will take the Acuna
case. “We are hopeful that the Court will accept this case and protect women
from false information about abortion,” said Schlueter.
In acknowledging the detrimental effects of abortion on women in the partial birth
abortion case, the U.S. Supreme Court cited an amides brief written by Linda
Schlueter. It was the only brief of 50 filed that was cited by the Court.
The amicus brief represents Sandra Cano, who was “Mary Doe” in Doe v.
Bolton, the companion case to Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion until the day of
birth. The brief also represents the American Association of Pro-Life Ob-Gyns;
Alveda King (niece of Dr. Martin Luther King); and other post-abortive women.