20 Week Abortion Ban Struck Down

Good news — Arizona’s unconstitutional 20-week abortion ban has been struck down.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal court Tuesday struck down Arizona’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy absent a medical emergency.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law violated a woman’s constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy before a fetus is able to survive outside the womb. “Viability” of a fetus is generally considered to start at 24 weeks. Normal pregnancies run about 40 weeks. [...]

The judge wrote that “a woman has a constitutional right to choose to terminate her pregnancy before the fetus is viable.”

The bill’s supporters are vowing to take this all the way the Supreme Court and I have no doubt that they will. It’s possible, however, that the Supreme Court could decline to hear the case.

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  • D_C_Wilson

    And if the Supreme Court does hear the case, you can bet they’ll shoot the moon and try to get Roe overturned. With five republican appointees and not a moderate among them, they could very well pull it off.

    • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

      If they take the case……….hell, why wouldn’t these nutjobs take the case? It’s their big opportunity!

      You’re right though. They may very well overturn Roe.

    • mrbrink

      Shoot the Moon! they’ll say from a van across the street.

  • Nancy Komatz

    No, bad news. Very bad news. These tiny beings may not be able to survive on their own in the outside world without medical intervention, but they are very much alive and survive quite well in utero. They do not deserve to be painfully tortured, dismembered and killed (which is how they are typically aborted).

    • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

      Well then, since you feel you have the right to determine that other women must keep the fetus because “they survive quite well in utero (doh)”, perhaps those of us who are pro-choice should be allowed to determine whether or not you should be allowed to have a child at all.

      See how that works?

      “hey do not deserve to be painfully tortured, dismembered and killed (which is how they are typically aborted).”

      And how many of these midterm abortions have you personally been present at?

    • ThePanicMan

      You honestly believe your own bullshit, don’t you? Sad as hell when the con falls for her own grift.

    • nathkatun7

      How many children do you have Nancy? Are you planning on having 10-15 of them, as was the case in the old days when women had no choice? How wealthy are you? Because it’s no picnic trying to feed, clothe and educate 10-15 children. Or is your prescription just for the poor? If it is, are you prepared to pay more taxes to poor mothers take of their children? Or is your love for children reserved nay for for the babes in “utero”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Douglas-Jones/1039564193 Douglas Jones

    I keep on hearing that these GOP Legislatures are passing more and more extreme abortion bans because they are anxious to get Roe vs. Wade in front of this Supreme Court. I lack understanding why they are making these tests so extreme, though. Pehaps Occam’s Razor needs to be applied: they’re passing these laws because they think women should be punished for their sexual behavior.
    Myself, I’d like to see that North Dakota ban looked at. 6 weeks????? How the hell would that stand? Many women don’t even know they’re pregnant at 6 weeks. Ridiculous.