U.S. Supreme Court to consider San Francisco
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By Julia Cheever, Bay City News Service
November 7, 2006
A case that originated in federal court in San Francisco is one
of two lawsuits concerning an abortion procedure that will be
heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.
The high court will be considering the government's appeal of
lower court rulings that struck down a 2003 federal law known
as the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.
The law would make it a crime for a doctor to perform a type
of abortion in which a fetus is partially delivered intact and
then killed. An exception can be made to save a woman's life,
but not to preserve her health.
Supporters of the law say the procedure is a gruesome late-term
measure that is never medically necessary except to save a woman's
Critics contend the law would also ban the most commonly used
method for second trimester abortions before a fetus is viable.
One of the lawsuits challenging the law was filed in San Francisco
by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and later joined by
the city of San Francisco. The other case originated in Nebraska.
In both cases, federal district judges struck down the law and
federal appeals court upheld those rulings.
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