Loading
Supreme Court to hear arguments re partial-birth abortion ban
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Pro-life groups are hopeful as the United States Supreme Court heads into hearings Wednesday on the constitutionality of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban.

The ban was passed by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush, but pro-abortion groups launched three lawsuits against it. Federal appeals courts in Nebraska, New York, and California declared the ban unconstitutional because it lacked a health exception in the case of a threat to the life of the baby’s mother.

The Supreme Court will now consider whether the ban needs a health exception, or if the abortion procedure is unnecessary to protect a mother's health, reported LifeNews.com. When Congress drafted the national partial-birth abortion ban, it did not include a health exception.

In an interview with National Public Radio, Rep. Steve Chabot, an Ohio Republican who sponsored the ban, said the health exception was excluded because Congress heard extensive medical testimony, which indicated that partial-birth abortions are “never medically necessary” and “oftentimes harmful to the woman.”

Medical professionals pointed out that partial-birth abortions are known to have caused cervical incompetence, trauma to the uterus, and lacerations or hemorrhaging, he said.

"The problem with the health exception is we have a number of abortionists who have testified that any pregnancy is a risk to a woman's health," he added. "So if you have a health exception in there, in essence, you have a phony partial-birth abortion ban.”

“The partial-birth abortion procedure kills a baby in the very process of delivery,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, national president of Priests for Life. “It is performed on healthy babies of healthy mothers, all in the name of the ‘freedom of choice’ that some politicians eloquently proclaim but never describe.” Fr. Pavone will attend the Supreme Court hearings.

There are approximately between 5,000 and 10,000 partial-birth abortions in the U.S. each year.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
Oct
22

Liturgical Calendar

October 22, 2014

Wednesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 12:39-48

Gospel
Date
10/22/14
10/21/14
10/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Eph 3: 2-12
Gospel:: Lk 12: 39-48
Gospel:: Lk 12: 39-48

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
10/22/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 12:39-48

Homily
Date
10/22/14
10/21/14
10/20/14