Update on Court Cases
STATE CASE – The Scharpen Foundation v. Harris
We submitted our second and final brief today, September 29. Oral argument is still scheduled to take place in Riverside Superior Court on Friday, October 13. Judge Trask will issue her opinion prior to November 21. We remain hopeful that justice will prevail.
FEDERAL Case – National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has rescheduled the review of the petition for injunctive relief against AB775, also known as the “Reproductive Fact Act.”
The high Court held what is known as its “long conference” last Monday, September 25. Originally the Federal case was going to be considered at that time, but the consideration has now been delayed.
National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) president Thomas Glessner, J.D. said this, “While we were hopeful that [the Supreme Court] would at this time grant our petition for review, we are not discouraged at all about this decision. In fact, it indicates a high probability that eventually our case will be accepted by the high court.”
The September conference is known as the “long conference” of the Court, and is used to clear cases that the Court is not going to hear. The SCOTUS receives 8,000 petitions every year and grants review to approximately 100 of these. In other words, the chance of a case being accepted by the High Court is very slim. Thus, the fact that the case is still being considered is very encouraging.
The SCOTUS continues to conference and review petitions every other Friday. The next review conference is Friday, October 6 followed by another conference on Friday, October 13.
Please keep praying, and we will update you as soon as we hear of new developments!