Sunday, July 10, 2005

Appeals court finds "partial birth abortion" ban unconstitutional

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis ruled that the ban is unconstitutional because, although it allows the procedure to save the life of the woman, it does not provide exceptions for protecting the health of the woman. The New York Times has a clear summary here; registration is required, but you may borrow one from BugMeNot. The Court's opinion is available here, as a PDF file.

The medical name for a "partial birth" abortion is dilation and extraction.

As a side note, I had a very hard time finding information, especially consumer-friendly info, on this procedure that was not from a political website (left and right). MedlinePlus (a government consumer health site w/ info on hundreds of topics) doesn't cover it, although they do cover D & C and abortion in general.MedlinePlus also has a section on women's health that omits the topic of abortion entirely. If this omission bothers you, you can send the MedlinePlus team a message here.

Here's an overview of several surgical abortion procedures.
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