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The Supreme Court Tipping

Yes, it’s true, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 against women’s right to choose today. Starting the process to chip away at Roe V. Wade. It’s very depressing. I’m on campus in the computer lab, finishing yet another paper, and I don’t have any of Hunter’s books with me.  But if I did, it would definitely be an occasion to read from Shark Hunt. In light of the ruling today, I would recommend "The So Called Jesus Freak Scare." 

The ruling overturned findings of several lower federal courts that had found the 2003 law banning partial birth abortions unconstitutional. Today’s ruling is also a change of course from a Supreme Court ruling in 2000, when the lineup of justices was more progressive, striking down a Nebraska law banning the procedure.

Justice Ginsburg, who dissented, was very disappointed.  She even took the highly unusual step of reading part of her dissent from the bench. I can’t imagine how painful it would be as a dissenting justice in this situation!

As for the fact that most abortions are performed early in pregnancy, and the majority’s assertion that alternatives to the prohibited procedure are available for later in pregnancies, Justice Ginsburg said adolescents and indigent women have more trouble obtaining an abortion early, so today’s ruling could put them at a disadvantage. Here’s a NY Times article.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/18/us/18cnd-scotus.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin   Jerri Merritt from Talkleft.com tells us that Ruddy Gulianni agrees with the decision.  

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Anita Thompson



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