Here are some 2013-2014 U.S. Supreme Court Cases that could affect reproductive freedom:
- Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice: to review an Oklahoma law that restricts the administration of medical abortion, which may unconstitutionally restrict abortion access. The law would require abortion providers to dispense the medications (RU-486 or mifepristone and Cytotec or misoprostol) that induce abortion in the method approved by the FDA in 2000 even though newer regimes involve less medication and have been scientifically validated as safer for women. The Court agreed to hear the case pending further information from Oklahoma Supreme Court, and on November 4, 2013, after receiving answers, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case. Fortunately, this means that the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling that struck down the restrictive law a week earlier will stay in effect.
- McCullen vs. Coakley: to review a Massachusetts law that designates a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, potentially infringing on the free speech of protesters. The Court will start hearing arguments on Jan 15, 2014.
- Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius: both cases challenge the Obama Administration position that private companies cannot be exempt from the requirement to provide contraceptive care as part of its insurance plan for employees under the Affordable Care Act. The plaintiffs argue that mandating such coverage infringes on their freedom of religion if they object to contraception on religious grounds. Arguments are expected in spring 2014 with a decision by July 1, 2014.
- In November, the U.S. Supreme Court refrained from blocking the admitting privileges law in Texas while it is under appeal to the 5th Circuit Court. The trial begins in January 2014, and in the meantime one-third of the clinics in Texas have been forced to close their doors. Once the 5th Circuit Court rules, it is expected that the losing side will appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.