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A rare political post

The Supreme Court has upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban of 2003.

This law does not include an exemption for the health of the mother.

I know women online who would be dead now if this law had been in effect.

"There are medical alternatives," they say. "The procedure is so rarely done that it's not an undue burden," they say.

Bull. Shit. Wrapped. In. Rotten. Donkey. Brains.

Democratic Congress and hopeful 2008 election, nothin'. The damage Bush has done will last for a long, long time.



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Apr. 18th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
While I haven't done the reading myself yet (ack, time!), I do believe that there is, in fact, something in there for an exemption to protect the mother's health. Small boon, but one nonetheless. I wish I could link you do an answer that was more satisfying.
Apr. 18th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
All of the information I have seen (including the article I linked to) say that the law lacks "a "health exception" for a woman who might suffer serious medical complications".

I'd be very happy to learn if that were untrue, but given the nature of the coverage I doubt it.
Apr. 19th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
The text of the law is here. Go ahead and reasd it.

I'm reading it as that it's been deemed that it's a procedure which has never been used when medically necessary to save a mother's life - it's not that kind or procedure. So I'm kind of confused.

A friend who's a lawyer said, "According to more than one news source I have read -- Yahoo news and the Guardian (UK) among them -- the law as written provided an exemption when the mothers life is in jeopardy. The statute provides that the measure is not medically necessary, to get around the 'health of the mother' arguments."

I'm personally not very concerned about this law. I'm more concerned about how its existance can be used in scary ways to prevent abortions that are much more reasonable than this variety (which are rather gruesome when you understand how/why/what) in the future.
Apr. 18th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Democratic Congress and hopeful 2008 election, nothin'. The damage Bush has done will last for a long, long time.

In general, you're right, Bush's damage will last a long long time. In the specific instance of the abortion ban, it will only last until the Congress can repeal it. Unfortunately that time isn't here yet (I'm pretty sure there are more than 40 Republicans in the Senate willing to filibuster such a repeal), but it could be as soon as early 2009.
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