Even though three states three district courts and a Court of Appeal declared a nationwide ban on a procedure known as partial birth abortion, the US supreme court upheld the ban.
This amounted to the first restriction imposed on abortion rights since women won the right to terminate pregnancies in 1973. The 5-4 vote in favour of the ban was seen as a victory for President George W Bush and his social conservative allies in one of the most divisive debates in America.
The ACLU and the National Abortion Federation (NAF) have criticized the decision.
“Today’s decision has placed politics above protecting women’s health,” said Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of NAF. “This ruling is a set back for all Americans who believe politicians should not legislate medical decision-making. The decision disregards the opinion of leading doctors and medical organizations that oppose the ban because it is harmful to women’s health.”
Utah Planned Parenthood:
The breadth of this decision invites all kinds of interference in the doctor-patient relationship and opens the floodgates for Utah’s politicians to further limit access to abortion and reproductive health care. This decision shows utter disregard for women’s health and safety and makes paramount the ideology of politicians and pays no heed to the expertise of medical professionals.
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