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chicago foundation for women’s response to the abortion ban

Friday, 20 April 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Reaction to U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
Statement from Hannah Rosenthal, executive director, on yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling:

“The ruling to support the federal-ban against a second-trimester abortion procedure known as intact dilation and extraction was not a surprise. Yet is it is a deep disappointment. The High Court is clearly mired in the politics of taking on the abortion debate and has moved into practicing medicine from the bench.

“This decision to uphold the criminalization of a medical procedure blatantly disregards the ability of doctors to make sound medical choices and dismisses the extreme health challenges facing women who need the procedure.

“The courtroom is the wrong place to be practicing medicine.

“We believe firmly in what Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissenting opinion: ‘Today’s decision is alarming. It tolerates, indeed applauds, federal intervention to ban nationwide a procedure found necessary and proper in certain cases by the AmericanCollege of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.’

“Ginsburg goes on to say: ‘In sum, the notion that the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act furthers any legitimate governmental interest is, quite simply, irrational. The Court’s defense of the statute provides no saving explanation. In candor, the Act, and the Court’s defense of it, cannot be understood as anything other than an effort to chip away at a right declared again and again by this Court—and with increasing comprehension of its centrality to women’s lives.’

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