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Supreme Court Takes On Additional Abortion Case

Posted by thelamp on July 14, 2006

The U.S. Supreme Court last week agreed to take on a second case that will determine the constitutionality of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.In February, the justices agreed to hear Gonzales v. Carhart, a case from the St. Louis-based Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. That case will decide the validity of the 2003 federal law, which has never been enforced because of legal challenges. Pastor Rod Parsley, CMC Founder and President, was present when President Bush signed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act into law in November 2003.

CMC last month submitted a legal brief to the court, arguing for the constitutionality of the law from the point of view of survivors of late-term abortions.

The new case, Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood, is from the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. It is said to cover a broader range of legal issues than Carhart. For example, the appeals court in Planned Parenthood ruled that the law is so vague it could be used to forbid procedures other than partial-birth abortion. The appeals court in Carhart did not address this issue, focusing only on the law’s lack of an exception for the mother’s health.

It’s not known whether the court will hear the two cases together or separately, or if the scheduling of arguments will be affected by the second case. It’s worth noting that the Bush administration had asked the Supreme Court not to take on Planned Parenthood until after Carhart was decided.

CMC welcomes the news that the court will take a comprehensive view of the paramount issue of partial-birth abortion, and looks forward to the time when no more babies die because of this especially barbaric procedure.

To sign an online letter of support to the Supreme Court, thanking them for agreeing to hear cases dealing with this issue, click here. When you do you’ll gain exclusive access to CMC’s briefings on the issue, which you may freely share with community and church groups.


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