Case Name: Bryant et al. v. Woodall et al.

The ACLU and other reproductive rights groups filed a lawsuit on behalf of a group of North Carolina physicians who provide abortion and Planned Parenthood South Atlantic that seeks to overturn North Carolina’s unconstitutional law that prevents doctors from providing abortion care to a woman after the twentieth week of pregnancy.

The lawsuit argues that the law unnecessarily and unconstitutionally prevents the doctors from providing needed care to patients, denies women the ability to make decisions about their own bodies, threatens the health and wellbeing of women, prevents some women with fewer resources from accessing treatment at all, and prevents doctors from fulfilling their professional responsibilities and obligations as physicians. North Carolina’s law contains only an extremely narrow exception for immediate medical emergencies that puts women’s health at risk.

The case was filed on November 30, 2016, by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Date filed

November 30, 2016


U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina



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