Sunday, June 28, 2009

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Virginia Abortion Ban

Daily Women's Health Policy Report: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Virginia Abortion Ban

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in a 6-5 decision on Wednesday upheld Virginia's 2003 law banning what abortion-rights opponents call "partial-birth" abortion, a procedure known medically as intact dilation and extraction, the AP/Hartford Courant reports (O'Dell, AP/Hartford Courant, 6/24). In 2005, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled 2-1 to strike down the Virginia law on the grounds that it does not include adequate exceptions to protect a woman's health. The U.S. Supreme Court two years ago ordered the appeals court to revisit the issue when it upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, a federal law similar to the Virginia law (White, Washington Post, 6/25). The three-judge appeals panel again struck down the law in 2008 (AP/Hartford Courant, 6/24). The Virginia law permits women to choose various abortion procedures but makes it a crime for providers to perform an intact dilation and extraction, which involves crushing a fetus' skull to ease removal (Washington Post, 6/25).

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