High court ruling may point to more abortion limitations
A 5-4 decision on "partial-birth" abortion
May 15, 2007
In upholding a federal ban on a rare kind of late-term abortion procedure, the Supreme Court may have begun undermining its key abortion precedent. Activists on both sides of the abortion issue said the court’s 5-4 decision on “partial-birth” abortion was a possible turning point in the court’s abortion jurisprudence.
“With today’s Supreme Court decision, it is just a matter of time before the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 will also be struck down by the court,” said a press statement from Roberta Combs, president of the Christian Coalition of America.
James Tonkowich, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, agreed that the April 18 ruling chips away at the landmark decision that legalized abortion nationwide by declaring the procedure constitutionally protected under a woman’s right to privacy. “Roe is no longer the dictator over the Supreme Court,” he said.