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Attorney General Marty Jackley

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Attorney General Jackley Joins Fight Against Planned Parenthood and State Funding of Abortion Clinics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, May 14, 2018

CONTACT:  Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215 

PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined an amicus brief filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by 12 Attorneys General. The brief challenges a decision that permanently enjoins a state statute prohibiting pubic funds from being used to perform abortions. 

“The United States Supreme Court has recognized that States have an interest in protecting and fostering respect for human life," said Jackley. "I will continue to protect innocent life, and vigorously defend state policy that forbids taxpayer funded abortions."

In the brief, the Attorneys General argue the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit conflicts with prior U.S. Supreme Court precedent. The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized that a woman’s right to an abortion does not entitle her to public funding for her exercise of that right.