Washington D.C., Jun 28, 2019 / 13:45 pm
The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will not hear a case regarding an Alabama law banning abortions by dismemberment, allowing a lower court ruling against the legislation to stand.
On June 28, the court issued a series of decisions announcing which cases it will hear in the next judicial year.
The rejected case, Harris v. West Alabama Women's Center, concerned the Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act, a 2016 law that banned the abortion procedure "dilation and evacuation." The procedure involves the dismemberment of the unborn child while it is still alive, and is only used for abortions in the second-trimester of pregnancy or later.
This case did not involve the law passed in Alabama earlier this year, which banned abortion altogether in the state of Alabama, except when needed to preserve the health of the mother.