"We are going to fight back state by state and law by law until every person has the right to pursue the life they want, including the right to decide to end a pregnancy," said
McDonald-Mosley was joined at a teleconference by attorneys from the
The restrictions being challenged in
Partly as a result of those laws, only one licensed abortion clinic remains in operation in
Targets of the other lawsuits:
—A North Carolina law that prevents doctors from performing abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy with a narrow exception for immediate medical emergencies. The
"A woman must be able to make health decisions at different points in her pregnancy that are best for her circumstances, including whether to end a pregnancy, without interference from politicians," said
The lawsuits were announced as supporters of abortion rights brace for renewed anti-abortion efforts at the state and federal level in the aftermath of the sweeping Republican victories on
A prominent anti-abortion leader,
"They lost big at the ballot box, so now they're looking to the courts to undo the will of state legislatures," she said. "They realize the sense of urgency to head to the courts now knowing that the judicial landscape will change under a pro-life
Abortion-rights groups' concerns deepened with Tuesday's announcement that GOP Rep.
At the state level, lawmakers in several Republican-controlled legislatures are planning to propose new abortion restrictions in sessions that convene in January. In some states, such as
She said it was too early to gauge the likelihood — or the impact — of a halt to
"We're working to be prepared," McDonald-Mosley said. "We're going to provide care to our patients whether they have insurance or not."