Partial-birth abortion ban again ruled wrong

Judge calls law unconstitutional
A second federal judge has ruled against the government’s ban on so-called partial birth abortions, saying the federal law passed by Congress last year is unconstitutional.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Casey of New York City on August 26 followed a similar decision by a San Francisco judge in June.

That earlier ruling by U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton barred the government from enforcing the ban, which Hamilton determined is unconstitutionally vague in defining the acts and procedures it prohibits. The Justice Department said in early August it would appeal the San Francisco ruling.


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