Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Court Upholds Federal Abortion Ban

In a strange synchronicity, I am writing fiction about abortion, and happened upon this Supreme Court decision from this morning, which basically upholds a ban on "partial-birth abortions," including in cases for the mother's health. Because god knows, once you conceive, it's certainly not you, the mother, who gets the majority of legal rights. It's the fetus. Here is part of Ruth Ginsberg's statement. She wrote the dissenting opinion:

"...the Court's opinion tolerates, indeed applauds, federal intervention to ban nationwide a procedure found necessary and proper in certain cases by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. For the first time since Roe, the Court blesses a prohibition with no exception protecting a woman's health."

Again, that's no exception for the woman's health. I bet Sandra O'Connor cries tonight. I feel like crying. You can read the statements of the 2008 Presidential Candidates. Some of them seem to be cheering. Why was I ever sympathetic to John McCain?

Via Feministing