Idaho's ban on partial-birth abortions
has been "unenforceable since 1999 due to a federal court ruling [Weyhrich v.
Upholding the ban on partial-birth abortions
ties for third on the list; along with the view that the court has become more balanced and fair, and that the court is abiding by the Constitution.
The others are done sparingly during the second trimester and only 1 percent of those procedures are partial-birth abortions
, most often performed because of medical necessity.
Washington -- The United States Supreme Court is about to reopen the controversial issue of partial-birth abortion
. Pro-abortion activists fear that with a more "conservative" group of jurists on the U.S.
Carhart, (6) holding that Nebraska's prohibition on partial-birth abortions
unduly burdened a woman's right to choose.
Two days later, the Washington Post published an in-depth story with the same findings: Partial-birth abortions
were far more common than first believed and were often performed on healthy mothers and children.
Wisconsin enacted a law this spring that bans partial-birth abortions
and requires life imprisonment of any physician who breaks the law - the stiffest penalty in the country.
Most people, at least outside the Beltway, don't recognize the name Ron Fitzsimmons -- that is, until you put it together with the loaded words "partial-birth abortion
" and the phrase, "I lied through my teeth."
He also said he thought a ban on partial-birth abortions
"wasn't worth going to the mat on" because it would have little effect on physicians or patients.
Prolife groups supported legislation to ban third trimester "partial-birth abortions
" except to save the mother's life.
Anti-choice forces lobbied a compliant Congress to pass the ban on so-called partial-birth abortions
(which is not a medical term) in order to keep the abortion issue before the public.
Newcomers to the pro-life camp may not be aware that the debate over partial-birth abortions
changed the trajectory of the abortion debate.