20 week abortion ban struck down by court
Here is the info. about Arizona's abortion law I just received from a pro-choice group.
Today, the Federal Appeals Court in San Francisco struck down Arizona’s abortion ban after 20-weeks. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that this 20-week abortion ban is unconstitutional and violates US Supreme Court rulings that give women the right to terminate pregnancies until viability. There are several states which have similar abortion bans beginning at 20 weeks, however the 9th Circuit only has jurisdiction in the nine Western states.
This ruling is a great victory and Judge Marsha Berzon who was part of the judge panel wrote that “a woman has a constitutional right to choose to terminate her pregnancy before the fetus is viable.” This decision should make it obvious to right-wing extremists that bans such as these are not constitutional and that women have a right to make their own medical decisions.
I am sharing this info. because some of your States, like mine, are considering passing or have passed the same 20 week abortion ban. Just as pro-choicers have contended, those bans will likely be ruled as unconstitutional.
For those wondering, the medical community has long agreed that "viability" occurs sometime between weeks 24-28. What anti-choicers have been trying to do with the recent plague of 20 week State bans is to change the definition of "viability" from week 24 (itself a conservative estimate by the medical community) to the much stricter measurement of week 20--a whole month earlier.
And for those also wondering about late-term abortion (those that occur after week 24--the accepted "viability" date), the Supreme Court ruled, some time ago, that there must be exceptions for the life or health of the woman and for gross fetal abnormalities.
Most of the 20 week abortion bans that have been passed at the State level do NOT allow those exceptions--another reason why those bans should be declared unconstitutional, though I do not know if that is what the federal court for Arizona declared on.
What it amounts to is the anti-choicers have been busy passing obviously unconstitutional anti-abortion laws. Why? Hard to say. Probably for the same reason the Republican House has voted--what is it--37 times (?) to ban Obamacare. Pointless activitiy since they know such actions will be nullified by the Supreme Court or by the President, depending on the type of action--but it makes them "feel good" and can be used for re-election purposes in conservative districts.