Policy & Advocacy

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Nurses and Whole Women’s Health Versus Hellerstedt

January, 26 2017

National nursing organizations urge U.S. Supreme Court to overturn deceptive Texas Law

American Academy of Nursing Whole Woman s Health Press ReleaseThe American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) —along with a diverse group of public health, legal, medical, business and religious organizations—filed 45 amicus curiae (friends of the court) briefs urging the Supreme Court to reject Texas’ clinic shutdown law (H.B.2), upholding a woman’s constitutional right to access safe and legal abortion services, and opposing medically unnecessary restrictions on clinical practice. Read the Amicus brief of the ANA/AAN and their press release from June 27, 2016, applauding the SCOTUS decision to reject Texas HB2. RhN leader Diana Taylor and legal expert Barbara Safriet (representing ANA/AAN) provided evidence and reviewed documents for the lawyers representing the ANA and AAN on the amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject Texas H.B.2 legislation.

The American Nurses Association and the American Academy of Nursing contribute to the Supreme Court of the United States’ rejection of Texas abortion clinic law —

Through this process, both the ANA and the AAN came out in strong support of every woman’s fundamental right to make her own decisions regarding her pregnancy with the advice of a health care professional she trusts, and without interference from politicians who presume to know better.

Read the original article, “Examining What’s at Stake: The Supreme Court, Nurses and Abortion Care Provisionpublished in Huffington Post Health, February 22, 2016

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