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Abort, Retry, Ignore?

September 14, 2004

For the third time, a federal district court judge has ruled the so-called Partial Birth Abortion ban unconstitutional. Judge Richard Kopf in Lincoln, Nebraska followed his colleagues in New York and San Francisco in upending Congress' ban on the very rare intact dilation and extraction procedure.
All three judges fired shots across the GOP bow, stating plainly that the law cannot pass muster because it does not allow for exceptions to protect the health of the mother. The anti-choice forces insidiously sought to avoid the "health of the mother trap" by stating in the law itself that the D&X procedure is never medically necessary by definition.
In bitch-slapping the conservatives, the judges showed they won't be suckered by "slippery slope" arguments of the anti-choice crowd. If only Democrats in Congress showed as much backbone...


Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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