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High Court Ruling Likely to Push New Abortion Restrictions

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On Wednesday, April 18, 2007. the Supreme Court's new conservative majority gave "right to lifers" a landmark victory. In a 5-4 decision, the Court outlawed a controversial procedure generally used to

The procedure involves partially removing the fetus from the uterus and then cutting or crushing it's skull to complete the abortion. Opponents call it a "partial-birth abortion." According to MSNBC.com, "While the general public is nearly evenly split on abortion in general, polls show that the vast majority of Americans back some restrictions on it. Surveys have found that more than 60 percent favor banning the procedure outlawed in Wednesday's ruling"

Agree or disagree, what is clear is that both sides of the abortion debate expect a new push for more restrictions by state lawmakers. "Something this drastic is going to energize both sides," said Katerine Grainger, the director the state program at the Center for Reproductive Rights, an abortion rights legal advocacy group based in New york.

South Carolina...Lawmakers are debating a law that would require a woman to view an ultrasound image of her fetus before an abortion could be performed.

It will be interesting to see how a Democratic lead Congress and House of Representatives will respond to the first real challenge by a Supreme Court pushed to the right by President Bush's appointees. Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, was quoted as saying, "It's a Democratic Congress, but it's not a pro-choice Congress."

Legislative experts said that North Dakota, Missouri, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and Alabama, where legislators and anti-abortion legislation is on the table, were probably the places to watch for now.

Abortion rights advocates are alarmed that this might just be the tip of the iceberg. California's Barbara Boxer recently said, "We've been losing fight after fight after fight." alluding to the fact that she felt people had become complacent about protecting abortion rights.

Only hours after the ruling by the Supreme Court ruling, a lawmaker in Alabama introduced a measure that would ban almost all abortions in the state.

The recent ruling is certainly significant but many lawyers say that the landmark, 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that guarantees women the right to chose abortion is still safe. Adam Winkler, a constitutional law professor at UCLA, "it is certainly apparent that there are a majority on the court willing to scale back the right to abortion," he said. "But I don't think the votes are there to invalidate Roe v. Wade and declare all abortions unconstitutional."

Should Roe v. Wade would be overturned, North Dakota is looking at legislation that would immediately ban abortion statewide. The Mississippi Legislature passed just such a bill earlier this year, banning nearly all abortions if the ruling is overturned.

To this writer, this is not a political fight, it is not a matter to be bandied about by politicians. Nor is it a morality play. Frankly, as a very strong believer in a woman's right to choose, it simply really isn't any of my business. The fact that BOTH parties have chosen to "make political hay" out of a very personal gut wrenching decision that women face every day is ridiculous.

Sources: New york Times, Kirk Johnson MSNBC.com The associated press-"Abortion ruling emboldens opponents" Ventura County Star 4/18/07 "Abortion foes win high court decision"



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7 comments on High Court Ruling Likely to Push New Abortion Restrictions

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By Tumerica on April 21, 2007 at 06:06 pm
The thing that scares me most is that the ruling disallows for any medical exceptions; that is, if a woman finds herself in the predicament where carrying the baby to term means her own life is put in jeopardy, then in the U.S., at least, she will just have to take her chances. Scary when laws pretend to know more than medical professionals. Other than that, as a woman, this ruling is also threatening as it can be read as one step on a legal progression toward the overturning of Roe v. Wade. For a brilliant and mind-blowing statistical assessment--from an economist's perspective--on what happens when the women who need abortions are able to get them, read Freakonomics. Here's an excerpt from a review: "Levitt traces the drop in violent crime rates to a drop in violent criminals and, digging further, to the Roe v. Wade decision that preempted the existence of some people who would be born to poverty and hardship." For my part, I miss Justice O'Connor. She made a big difference in issues like these.
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By D'Ann Redondo on April 22, 2007 at 02:28 am
Steven, it simply isn't any of your business? Why? Because you're a man? Do you not have a brain because you're a man? How about balls? A "woman's right to choose.... abortion" is just that - the right to abort... a human being. Partial-birth abortion is the equivalent of a mafia hit on an unsuspecting, viable human. Except instead of forcing a middle-aged criminal to kneel down while another middle-aged criminal shoots him in the back of the head, you force an unsuspecting infant to have its head split open by a doctor as if it were an ostrich in a hole. Tumerica, I suppose now you could sing to your little girl about how you love her, but she has to understand how it would have been your right to abort her for any reason, at any time, just as long as you didn't have to look her in the eyes. Debate the issue when there is an issue to debate. Just look at the picture at the top of the page. Where is the issue? Pleasant dreams.
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By Steven Lane on April 22, 2007 at 01:18 pm
I, personally, am 100% opposed to "partial-birth" abortions. However, I am, as stated, above a strong believer in a woman's right to chose. I realise for some that is not a a good enough reason to stay out of the fray, but , at the end of the day, It is not my body or my choice to make.
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By V on April 28, 2007 at 03:40 pm
Good on you Steve for putting this one on the table. Brave. I'm a bit late I know, but I'm with you Steve. 100% against the partial-birth method, 100% pro-choice. I appreciate both yours & Rez's position. And interesting yes Rez that it does seem to follow that those that oppose abortion ... oppose contraception and support the death penalty ... aaaarrrrghhh!
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By Steven Lane on May 02, 2007 at 02:12 am
Added news: Mexico City legalized abortion last week. Will be very interesting how that plays out.
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By M Fiaschi on July 23, 2007 at 01:58 pm
Well I think this procedure is Scary and Cruel. But also sometimes is a solution to a bigger problem. All I can say is a Tough thing like the death penalty and euthanasia. These are subjects that We as human beings will never fully agree in something. Because it involves moral issues. And yes in Mexico City the abortion is legal now. with a lot of requirements.
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By John Donnely on May 04, 2009 at 04:09 pm

http://www.offthewahl.com/editorialcartoons/1992/9212.htm

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