Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Partial Birth Abortion No Longer Option in U.S.

Supreme Court upholds ban on partial birth abortion in 5-4 ruling.

Court Backs Ban on Abortion Procedure

Apr 18 10:18 AM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court upheld the nationwide ban on a controversial abortion procedure Wednesday, handing abortion opponents the long- awaited victory they expected from a more conservative bench.
The 5-4 ruling said the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act that Congress passed and President Bush signed into law in 2003 does not violate a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.

The opponents of the act "have not demonstrated that the Act would be unconstitutional in a large fraction of relevant cases," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion.

The decision pitted the court's conservatives against its liberals, with President Bush's two appointees, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, siding with the majority.

Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia also were in the majority.

It was the first time the court banned a specific procedure in a case over how—not whether—to perform an abortion.

Court backs ban on partial-birth abortions
Mark Sherman - Associated Press Writer
April 18, 2007,CST-EDT-NOVAK23.article

Supreme Court Upholds Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

Robert Barnes
Washington Post Supreme Court Reporter
Thursday, April 19, 2007; 12:00 PM

Washington Post Supreme Court reporter Robert Barnes was online Thursday, April 19 at noon ET to discuss Wednesday's 5-4 ruling upholding a Congress-passed law banning partial-birth abortion, which could mark a more conservative trend on social issues with Justice Kennedy in the court's ideological center...

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