From the Washington Post…

Today’s Hot Topic: Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Upheld

Partial-Birth Abortions: For the first time since the Supreme Court made abortions legal under Roe v. Wade 34 years ago, the Court upheld a federal ban on “partial-birth” abortions yesterday in a 5-4 decision. The NYT chastises the “five male justices” who voted to uphold the measure — as “far as we know,” the editors write, “Mr. Kennedy and his four colleagues responsible for this atrocious result are not doctors” — and argues that the decision “is so at odds with jurisprudence” that it “should not have staying power” … USA Today writes that the ruling “takes the court in a troubling new direction, one that will harm some women or limit their ability to deal with a profoundly personal decision” … the LAT calls the decision “unconscionable,” and argues that the justices should have at least forced Congress to allow the procedure when the health of the woman is threatened … the WaPo argues that the decision is “not apt to prevent any abortions” because women who would have undergone the procedure will “instead opt to terminate their pregnancies by another” type of abortion … the WSJ argues that abortion proponents needn’t worry that this decision might lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade because the current “Court is not in the mood for sweeping reversals of precedent,” the editors note … in USA Today, Edward Whelan applauds the decision, arguing that with “further improvements in the court’s makeup, abortion policy can be restored to where it belongs: to citizens acting through their legislators.”


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