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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Abortion Challenge

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to a lower court ruling that struck down a Michigan law banning dilation and extraction abortion procedures. In March 2005 the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America filed suit in federal court to prevent enforcement of the law, reports the Daily Women’s Health Policy Report.

Lawyers representing Michigan claim the law was intended to block only the use of dilation and extraction abortion procedures, not all abortions. However, as many opponents have pointed out, the law is so vague that it could expose physicians performing all abortions to potential prosecution, even subjecting them to possible murder charges, according to the Muskegon Chronicle.

Federal courts have struck down similar Michigan laws three times since 1997. “For the third time, the courts have prevented the Michigan legislature from disregarding the Constitution and banning nearly all abortions in the state,” said Janet Crepps, staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights in a press release. “Today is an important win for women in Michigan and their fundamental right to decide whether or not to have an abortion.” funny pictures funny images funny photos funny animal pictures funny dog pictures funny cat pictures funny gifs

Sources:

Muskegon Chronicle 1/8/08; Daily Women�s Heath Policy Report 1/8/08; American Civil Liberties Press Release 1/7/08