Over there in Nebraska, the courts aren't listening to the bays of activists who insist that late-term abortions are just eee-eee-eevil ways for sluts to murder their babies so they can fit into their prom dresses. This is, no matter what the Far-Right Extremists might want the country to believe, good news.
LINCOLN, Neb. - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a ruling that the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act is unconstitutional.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis agreed that the ban, while containing an exception to save the life of the mother, is unconstitutional because it makes no such exception for the health of the woman. The court upheld an earlier decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf of Lincoln, who heard one of three cases brought over the issue last year.
No one actually does a D&X procedure, or the far more common D&E procedure, which this act was also in danger of banning, because the woman involved wants to fit into her prom dress. No one does this sort of procedure lightly at all. This sort of procedure is medically dangerous, for the woman, and thus for the doctor. (And yes, before anyone starts hopping up and down, I do understand that it kills 100% of the fetuses involved, but guess what? It's generally only used with fetuses that are already dead or so badly deformed that they are going to die anyway.) It is thus only done when the alternative -- carrying the fetus to term, or allowing it to abort on its own -- is more dangerous.
So what's the point of banning this procedure?
Aside from hysteria, and I think a lot of it was hysteria and misunderstanding on the part of the activists, it's a simple wedge issue -- a tool, a foot in the door. Ban this sort of abortion, then we have a precedent, and a way to argue other sorts of abortion can be banned.
So it's good this one has been overturned.
(Via Ded Space & Ol Cranky