Mr. Hearron was previously Senior Counsel for Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He has ties to Texas, where he attended law school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and worked for Judge Carolyn Dineen King on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Judge Sidney Fitzwater on the Court. District of the United States for the Northern District of Washington. Texas.
He has also been a partner at the law firm Morrison & Foerster, where he worked on pro bono cases related to reproductive rights and LGBTQ rights. The firm is one of the groups involved in the lawsuit.
“This law has been in effect for two months, denying people throughout Texas the right to exercise a constitutional right that the Supreme Court has recognized for nearly 50 years and forcing them to travel hundreds of miles out of state, delaying their care from abortion. it’s an urgent medical procedure, ”Hearron said by phone Sunday. She emphasized the effects of the law on low-income women and women of color.
Mr. Hearron added that he did not expect the case he is bringing to focus on abortion rights per se, but more on procedural and jurisdictional issues.
A unique problem in Texas law, which effectively prohibits abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, is its enforcement by the general public rather than state officials and law enforcement.
“It’s about time this law was blocked,” Hearron said.
The Center for Reproductive Rights has offices around the world and in several cities across the United States, and is working with the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Lawyering Project, and Morrison & Foerster.