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PRESS RELEASE: February 13, 2023

The Catholic Bar Association joins a friend-of-the-court brief in support of lawsuit to hold FDA accountable for illegally approving RU486

The Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine and others, represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), recently sued the federal Food and Drug Administration in Texas challenging its approval of the abortifacient mifepristone (proprietary trade name "RU486"). AHM moved for a preliminary injunction asking the Court to order the FDA to withdraw its approval of mifepristone. 

The suit and motion ask the court to recognize the profound legal and ethical consequences of the FDA’s improvident and illegal approval of chemical abortion drugs, and in particular its failure to implement or enforce safeguards necessary to ensure adequate, informed consent for women who use such drugs.

The CBA joined an amicus brief supporting Plaintiff's Complaint and the Motion for Preliminary Injunction.  We joined in the Amicus Brief as part of the Catholic Health Care Leadership Alliance, of which the CBA is a founding member, and in our own right.

On February 14 at 1:00 pm ET/ 10:00 am PT, ADF Senior Counsel Erik Baptist will discuss the lawsuit in a Teleforum featuring a 20-30 minute discussion followed by brief Q&A.  

Usually, one must be affiliated with the ADF to view its teleforums, but our friends at the ADF will permit CBA members to view the presentation without joining (although you might consider joining the cost-free network!). You may register for tomorrow's Teleforum HERE. (Select "Other ADF Affiliation")

ADF's press release is set forth here
Read the complaint on behalf of the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine
Read the Amicus Curiae brief of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, to which the CBA joined.

Annual Meeting Re-cap

Catholic Lawyers: Upholding the Rule of Law

The 2022 General Assembly and Annual Conference of the Catholic Bar Association was held at the University of Dallas in Dallas, Texas, from October 13 to 15, 2022 was excellent!  It featured:

  • A thoughtful address in the St. Thomas More Lecture by 3rd Circuit Judge Thomas M. Hardiman at the Annual Red Mass Banquet

    More attention to CLE

    Attorneys are busy and most need Continuing Legal Education. We are pleased to report that, for the 2022 CBA Conference, we received CLE credit in 11 states:

     Florida  Louisiana  Pennsylvania  Washington
     Illinois  Missouri  Texas  Wisconsin
     Kansas  Nebraska  Virginia

    Documentation is also being provided to attorneys to assist their reporting in several other states. 

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    The Catholic Bar Association (CBA) is a lay movement within the Church to build community, nationally and internationally, among Catholic members of the legal profession.  The underlying vision for this organization was an inspiration felt by many of the founding members.  Led by the Holy Spirit, members of different Catholic lawyers’ organizations, universities and dioceses from across the United States have formed the CBA.

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