Amicus Brief

Stenberg v. Carhart (U.S. Supreme Court, 2000)

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down a Nebraska law that criminalized the midterm dilation and extraction procedure referred to as "partial birth abortion" unless such procedure is necessary to save the mother's life. The Court struck down the statute because it placed an undue burden on a woman's right to have an abortion and did not allow for exception in cases of threatened health. ADL argued, along with 53 other organizations, that the Nebraska law unconstitutionally interfered with matters of individual choice and religious significance and impermissibly advocated certain beliefs over others.