Howard Law Clinic Files Amicus Brief in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Case


More than 140 amicus briefs were filed in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the potentially momentous abortion case concerning a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Howard University School of Law’s Human & Civil Rights Clinic’s brief examined the long history of state regulation of Black women’s reproductive liberty and the high rates of maternal mortality they suffer today.

The brief places Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks within the historical context of state regulation of Black women’s procreative liberty. Black women have been denied bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom since slavery. Amicus argues that Mississippi’s law is the latest incarnation of state attempts to control Black women’s reproductive choices, and that Mississippi’s abortion ban will disproportionately harm Black women and women experiencing poverty.

READ Howard law’s amicus brief here: