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

The ACLU and other reproductive rights groups filed a successful legal challenge to North Carolina’s unconstitutional law that prevented doctors from providing abortion care to a woman after the twentieth week of pregnancy. The state amended the law in 2016 to further restrict the already narrow health exception to extremely limited health emergencies.

In March 2019, a federal district court struck down the ban and affirmed that people have a constitutional right to make their own decisions about their pregnancy.

The lawsuit argued that the law unnecessarily and unconstitutionally prevents 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.

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 29, 2016


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