No. 19-60455.

951 F.3d 246 (2020)

JACKSON WOMEN'S HEALTH ORGANIZATION, on behalf of itself and its patients; Sacheen Carr-Ellis, M.D., M.P.H., on behalf of herself and her patients, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. Thomas E. DOBBS, M.D., M.P.H., in his official capacity as State Health Officer of the Mississippi Department of Health; Kenneth Cleveland, M.D., in his official capacity as Executive Director of the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure, Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

FILED February 20, 2020.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Hillary Schneller , Julie Rikelman, Esq. , Center for Reproductive Rights, U.S. Litigation, Aaron Sean Delaney , Crystal Johnson Geise , Caitlin Grusauskas , Claudia Hammerman , Alexia Korberg , Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, L.L.P., New York, NY, Robert Bruce McDuff, Esq. , Beth Levine Orlansky , Mississippi Center for Justice, Jackson, MS, for Plaintiffs-Appellees.

Paul Eldridge Barnes, Esq. , Wilson Douglas Minor, Esq. , Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General for the State of Mississippi, Jackson, MS, for Defendants-Appellants Thomas E. Dobbs, M.D., M.P.H., Kenneth Cleveland, M.D.

Christian Janet Strickland , Schwartz, Orgler & Jordan, P.L.L.C., Biloxi, MS, Stephen James Carmody, Esq. , Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, P.L.L.C., Jackson, MS, for Amici Curiae Roman Catholic Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi, Roman Catholic Diocese of Biloxi, Mississippi.

Priscilla Joyce Smith, Esq. , Yale Law School , RRJP Clinic, Brooklyn, NY, for Amicus Curiae Information Society Project At Yale Law School.

Stuart Sarnoff , O'Melveny & Myers, L.L.P., New York, NY, for Amici Curiae Constitutional Law Scholars.

Karli Eisenberg , Office of the Attorney General, Civil Department — HEW Unit, Sacramento, CA, for Amici Curiae States of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, District of Columbia.

Claude Szyfer , Stroock, Stroock & Lavan, L.L.P., New York, NY, for Amici Curiae Mississippi in Action, Women With a Vision, Black Women's Health Imperative, in Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda, Lift Louisiana, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, Sistersong, Afiya Center, Reproductive Justice Action Collective (REJAC).

Janice Mac Avoy , Alexis Casamassima , Alexis Fallon , Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, L.L.P., New York, NY, for Amicus Curiae Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Before KING, COSTA, and HO, Circuit Judges.

In 2018, Mississippi enacted a law prohibiting abortions, with limited exceptions, after 15 weeks' gestational age. A district court enjoined the law, and we recently upheld that injunction. Jackson Women's Health Org. v. Dobbs, 945 F.3d 265, 274, 277 (5th Cir. 2019) (Dobbs I). The 15-week law, we concluded, is not a mere regulation...

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