Thursday, January 19, 2006
The right-wing group "Family Research Council" (FRC) spun yesterday's 9/0 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court as a victory for the "pro-life movement." The group's president Tony Perkins said this in a press release on the group's webpage:
Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council
This is closer to the truth of the matter. The problem that the lower courts and the Supreme Court had with the N.H. law was that it did not clearly protect a minor woman seeking an abortion on health grounds. The significance of the SCOTUS decision is solely that it reiterated its prior holdings that any abortion restriction must permit exceptions for the life and health of the mother, as I blogged yesterday. This is not rocket science, folks. All the SCOTUS was really saying yesterday was -- hey, you didn't get it before, so let us reiterate, you must allow exceptions for both the life and health of the mother.
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