Friday, April 27, 2007
New England Journal of Medicine Publishes Perspective Pieces Responding to Supreme Court Ruling Federal Abortion Ban Constitutional
Via the Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report:
The New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday published three perspective pieces responding to the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling on Wednesday to reinstate a federal law banning so-called "partial-birth" abortion, overturning the rulings of three appeals courts.
The Kaiser Report includes summaries of the three opinion pieces, all critical of the ruling, by R. Alta Charo ("The Partial Death of Abortion Rights"), Jeffrey Drazen ("Government in Medicine"), and Michael Greene ("The Intimidation of American Physicians — Banning Partial-Birth Abortion"). On that last title, I would like to note that it is counterproductive, if one aims to criticize Congress's interference with medical practice, to adopt without qualification the politicized terminology of the ban's proponents -- highly misleading, nonmedical terminology that has nevertheless managed to shape the views of public and the Supreme Court. See this related post.