Judge overrules 'partial-birth' ban

"Unconstitutionally vague"
After a California judge declared that the “partial-birth” abortion ban is unconstitutional, progressive groups cheered the ruling and the White House vowed to defend the law.

U.S. District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco concluded June 1 that the 2003 law “poses an undue burden on a woman’s ability to choose a second trimester abortion” and is “unconstitutionally vague.”

Hamilton accepted virtually all the arguments put forth by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which filed suit to block the law, according to Associated Baptist Press. She also said the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act violates previous Supreme Court and appeals-court decisions requiring any law limiting abortion procedures to grant exceptions in cases in which a woman’s health may be at risk.


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