Nearly 900 state legislators from 45 states asked the Supreme Court on Monday to uphold Roe v. Wade and reject Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, a direct attack on the landmark decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Monday’s brief was filed by the State Innovation Exchange ,, a progressive legislation advocacy organization in the Dobbs case v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Opening arguments in front of the high court are set to begin this fall.
Of the amicus brief’s 897 signatory lawmakers, all were Democrats with the exception of two independents. All the signatories were from all 50 states, with the exception of Wyoming, North Dakota and Oklahoma. It is believed to be the largest ever collection of state legislators who have signed a brief in a Supreme Court case relating to abortion access.
NBC News obtained a copy of the brief before it was filed. The brief argued that it is the responsibility of the Supreme Court to uphold the legal precedents established by Roe v. Wade
Adam Edelman is a political reporter for NBC News.