On April 18, the U. S. Supreme Court upheld the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision. The ban was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in 2003, and immediately challenged by Planned Parenthood and abortionist Leroy Carhart.
“This is a good day for unborn babies and for the future of America,” said Joseph Scheidler, National Director of the Pro-Life Action League. “The Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Federal Ban on Partial Birth Abortion is significant because it signals a new sensitivity on the part of the Court to the plight of the unborn child in a late term abortion.”
A New Pro-Life Majority?
The court majority comprised Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas, Alito and Kennedy. “I am heartened by the fact that Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion,” said Scheidler. “The whole pro-life movement has been energized by this 5-4 victory. We may now have our Supreme Court majority.”
Scheidler also noted, “Abortion is not a civilized solution to the problems that arise from an unplanned pregnancy. It is not a reasonable option for the medical community to present to women. Certainly in this age of advanced medical technology we can do better than to kill our unborn children and tell women it is their best choice.”
- Roe Begins To Crumble with High Court Ruling, Pro-Life Activist Declares—League 4/18/07 press release
- Court Upholds Federal Abortion Ban—Analysis at ScotusBlog.com