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2) You can help by providing prayer and financial support for this important case.
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An amicus brief, also called a friend of the court brief, allows individuals or organizations that are not part of the case to present a perspective and provide evidence that might not otherwise be available to the court.
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Rosa Acuna was examined by her physician, had an ultrasound, and was told she was 6-8 weeks pregnant. When she asked if it was a “baby in there,” she was told, “don’t be stupid, it’s only blood.” Following an abortion, Rosa experienced bleeding and was admitted to a hospital. When she asked a nurse what had happened, she was told that “the doctor left parts of the baby inside of you.” At this point, Rosa realized it was a baby. Subsequently, her mental health deteriorated, and she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Rosa filed a lawsuit, and both the district and appellate courts agreed that she should have been fully informed, including being told that she was carrying a human being. However, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the abortionist was under no obligation to give her the information she had asked about – that she was carrying a baby! Citing the 35-year-old Roe v. Wade ruling, the court reasoned that the abortionist is not compelled to provide this information because there are “different scientific, moral, or philosophical viewpoint on the issue of when life begins.”
We believe the New Jersey Supreme Court is wrong. Dramatic changes in science and medicine since 1973 provide evidence as to the humanity of the unborn baby, such as ultrasound that shows fetal development and DNA. To be fully informed, it is essential for women to have this information.