Planned Parenthood drops lawsuit against five NC laws

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signs an executive order designed to protect abortion rights in the state at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, N.C. on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. The order in part prevents the extradition of a woman who receives an abortion in North Carolina but may live in another state where the procedure is barred. (AP Photo/Gary D. Robertson).

RALEIGH — In late December 2022, a lawsuit was dropped that involved challenges to five abortion-related laws in North Carolina. 

Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, which brought the lawsuit, filed a motion on Dec. 22, 2022, for a “voluntary dismissal of this action, without prejudice.” 

The five laws being challenged by Planned Parenthood South Atlantic’s lawsuit included the prohibition of telemedicine abortions, a 72-hour informed-consent period, certain facility safety codes, a requirement abortion facilities provide informed-consent information to patients, and that an abortion can only be performed by a licensed physician.  

The legal nonprofit Alliance for Defending Freedom had been representing House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Kings Mountain) and Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Eden) in the case of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic v. Moore. 

“Every woman deserves to have all the information she needs to make the healthiest choice for everyone involved in an unexpected pregnancy,” ADF Senior Counsel Denise Harle, director of the ADF Center for Life said in a statement. 

 “Tragically, many women turn to abortion as a last resort, unaware of the resources available to them or the harms of abortion,” Harle said. “No one benefits more from this situation than abortionists and their facilities. We’re pleased to have favorably closed this case on behalf of the legislators we represent, and to see these life-saving state laws that empower women remain in effect.” 

ADF attorneys filed a motion on Jan. 6 in support of dismissing the case. 

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