Anti-Choice Group Can’t Defend Strict Law
An anti-abortion group is too late to intervene in the fight against tougher informed-consent procedures in Nebraska, the 8th Circuit ruled.
Planned Parenthood filed suit last year over a new Nebraska law that imposes tougher requirements on state abortion providers. A federal judge sided with Planned Parenthood, ruling that the law imposed impossible, unduly vague requirements for abortion providers.
NuLife Pregnancy Resource Center, which provides various services to women, challenged that ruling twice. NuLife first filed an unsuccessful motion to intervene, seeking reconsideration of the decision. A month after the court issued its final judgment that the law was unconstitutional, NuLife filed yet another motion to intervene, this time as an intervening defendant. That motion failed as well.
A three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit unanimously upheld both decisions, agreeing that the group lacked standing and made untimely claims.