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Supreme Court Accepts Abortion Case – TalkLeft: The Politics of Crime

February 21, 2006

Supreme Court Accepts Abortion Case – TalkLeft: The Politics of Crime
The Supreme Court was widely expected to take up a challenge to the constitutionality of a federal law that bans late term abortions.

The “partial birth” ban, enacted in 2003, has been invalidated by three different federal appeals courts on the grounds that the ban did not include an exception for cases when the health of the mother might be at stake and constituted an undue burden on the right to abortion.

The Court today accepted review of Gonzalez v. Carhart, an Eighth Circuit case that found the ban unconstitutional. Court watchers expect Justice Alito to be the deciding vote in Carhart.

(It didn’t even take them a month to put abortion on the docket, I’d hoped it would be a bit longer… )

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