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Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, Inc. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

January 5, 2018

GREATER BALTIMORE CENTER FOR PREGNANCY CONCERNS, INCORPORATED, fiel Plaintiff - Appellee,
v.
MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE; STEPHANIE RAWLINGS-BLAKE, Mayor of Baltimore, in her Official Capacity; LEANA S. WEN, M.D., in her official capacity as Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Defendants-Appellants, and ST. BRIGID'S ROMAN CATHOLIC CONGREGATION INCORPORATED; ARCHBISHOP EDWIN F. O'BRIEN, ARCHBISHOP OF BALTIMORE AND HIS SUCCESSORS IN OFFICE, A CORPORATION SOLE, Plaintiffs, and OLIVIA FARROW, Esq., Acting Baltimore City Health Commissioner, in her official capacity; BALTIMORE CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT; OXIRIS BARBOT, Defendants, INTERNATIONAL MUNICIPAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION; PUBLIC HEALTH ADVOCATES; THE INFORMATION SOCIETY PROJECT AT YALE LAW SCHOOL; NARAL PRO-CHOICE MARYLAND; NARAL PRO-CHOICE AMERICA; CATHOLICS FOR CHOICE; BALTIMORE ABORTION FUND; DC ABORTION FUND, ("DCAF"); NATIONAL ABORTION FEDERATION; MARYLAND CHAPTER FOR THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN; PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF MARYLAND; RELIGIOUS COALITION FOR REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE; WHOLE WOMAN'S HEALTH OF BALTIMORE; WOMEN'S LAW CENTER OF MARYLAND, INCORPORATED; THE HONORABLE CHRISTOPHER VAN HOLLEN, JR.; THE HONORABLE ELIJAH CUMMINGS, Amici Supporting Appellant, EBONY HARRIS; ETHAN TAYLOR; LINDA HOLLIDAY; NICOLE HOWARD; DESTINIE JACKSON; JENNERA SMALLS; AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE; NATIONAL AND LOCAL PREGNANCY CARE ORGANIZATIONS; DEMOCRATS FOR LIFE OF AMERICA; INSTITUTIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ALLIANCE; CHRISTIAN LEGAL SOCIETY; NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FAMILY AND LIFE ADVOCATES; HEARTBEAT INTERNATIONAL; NATIONAL LEGAL FOUNDATION; STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA; STATE OF ALABAMA; STATE OF ARKANSAS; STATE OF KANSAS; STATE OF MICHIGAN; STATE OF NEBRASKA; STATE OF OHIO; STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA; STATE OF TEXAS; STATE OF UTAH; DR. KESTEN C. GREEN; LAW PROFESSORS; ETHICS & RELIGIOUS LIBERTY COMMISSION; INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS, INCORPORATED; ARCHDIOCESE OF BALTIMORE, Amici Supporting Appellee.

          Argued: October 24, 2017

         Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, at Baltimore. Marvin J. Garbis, Senior District Judge. (1:10-cv-00760-MJG)

         ARGUED:

          Suzanne Sangree, BALTIMORE CITY LAW DEPARTMENT, Baltimore, Maryland, for Appellants.

          David William Kinkopf, GALLAGHER EVELIUS & JONES LLP, Baltimore, Maryland, for Appellee.

         ON BRIEF:

          Molly R. Duane, Autumn C. Katz, Stephanie Toti, CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, New York, New York, for Appellants.

          Peter J. Basile, FERGUSON, SHETELICH & BALLEW, PA, Baltimore, Maryland; Steven G. Metzger, Anatoly Smolkin, GALLAGHER EVELIUS & JONES LLP, Baltimore, Maryland; Mark L. Rienzi, THE BECKET FUND FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, Washington, D.C., for Appellee.

          Simona G. Strauss, P. Casey Mathews, Palo Alto, California, Veronica R. Jordon-Davis, SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT LLP, New York, New York, for Amicus Public Health Advocates.

          Douglas W. Baruch, Washington, D.C., Janice Mac Avoy, Jennifer L. Colyer, Andrew B. Cashmore, Leigh G. Rome, FRIED, FRANK, HARRIS, SHRIVER & JACOBSON LLP, New York, New York, for Amicus International Municipal Lawyers Association.

          Priscilla Joyce Smith, YALE LAW SCHOOL, Brooklyn, New York, for Amicus The Information Society Project at Yale Law School.

          Kimberly A. Parker, Lesley Fredin, Washington, D.C., Paloma Naderi, WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR LLP, Boston, Massachusetts, for Amici NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Baltimore Abortion Fund, Catholics for Choice, DC Abortion Fund, Maryland Chapter for the National Organization for Women, National Abortion Federation, Planned Parenthood of Maryland, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Whole Woman's Health of Baltimore, Incorporated, Women's Law Center of Maryland, The Honorable Christopher Van Hollen, Jr., and The Honorable Elijah Cummings.

          Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, THE CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION, McLean, Virginia; Jack Ryan Terziu, Baltimore, Maryland, for Amici Ebony Harris, Ethan Taylor, Linda Holliday, Nicole Howard, Destinie Jackson, and Jennera Smalls.

          Edward L. White III, Erik M. Zimmerman, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Frances J. Manion, Geoffrey R. Surtees, AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE, New Hope, Kentucky, for Amicus American Center for Law and Justice.

          Anna F. Paprocki, Deanna M. Wallace, AMERICANS UNITED FOR LIFE, Arlington, Virginia, for Amicus National and Local Pregnancy Care Organizations.

          Thomas C. Berg, Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic, UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS SCHOOL OF LAW, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Kimberlee Wood Colby, Christian Legal Society, CENTER FOR LAW AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, Springfield, Virginia, for Amici Democrats for Life of America, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, and Christian Legal Society.

          Kevin H. Theriot, Elissa M. Graves, Scottsdale, Arizona, David A. Cortman, ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM, Lawrenceville, Georgia, for Amici National Institute of Family and Life Advocates and Heartbeat International.

          Frederick W. Claybrook, Jr., CLAYBROOK LLC, Washington, D.C.; Steven W. Fitschen, THE NATIONAL LEGAL FOUNDATION, Virginia Beach, Virginia, for Amicus National Legal Foundation.

          Patrick Morrisey, Attorney General, Elbert Lin, Solicitor General, Thomas M. Johnson, Jr., Deputy Solicitor General, Erica N. Peterson, Assistant Attorney General, OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF WEST VIRGINIA, Charleston, West Virginia, for Amicus State of West Virginia.

          Steven T. Marshall, Attorney General, OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF ALABAMA, Montgomery, Alabama, for Amicus State of Alabama.

          Leslie Rutledge, Attorney General, OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF ARKANSAS, Little Rock, Arkansas, for Amicus State of Arkansas.

          Derek Schmidt, Attorney General, OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF KANSAS, Topeka, Kansas, for Amicus State of Kansas.

          Bill Schuette, Attorney General, OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF MICHIGAN, Lansing, Michigan, for Amicus State of Michigan. Douglas J. Peterson, Attorney General, OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF NEBRASKA, Lincoln, Nebraska, for Amicus State of Nebraska. Michael DeWine, Attorney General, OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF OHIO, Columbus, Ohio, for Amicus State of Ohio.

          Alan Wilson, Attorney General, OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF SOUTH CAROLINA, Columbia, South Carolina, for Amicus State of South Carolina.

          Ken Paxton, Attorney General, OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS, Austin, Texas, for Amicus State of Texas.

          Sean D. Reyes, Attorney General, OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF UTAH, Salt Lake ...


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