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Supreme Court: Health No Longer Guaranteed for Women?

April 19, 2007


The Supreme Court's decision to ban a certain procedure to end pregnancies is the first time the court has ruled in such a case without making an exception for protecting a woman's health. Margaret Chapman with advocacy group West Virginia FREE says the procedure had the backing of major medical associations because it was used in rare cases where fetuses could not be saved, and continuing the pregnancy endangered the mother's health.

"Women who undergo this procedure are often moms who already have families, and they would do almost anything to avoid having to undergo such a tragic procedure."

The court previously struck down similar laws that didn't have provisions to protect the mother's health. Those who support the ban contend women were seeking the procedure to end a pregnancy for reasons other than medical, and they say other procedures can be used to end a pregnancy in emergency situations. But Chapman points out that several major medical associations were against the ban because the procedure is seen as a viable medical emergency option.

"The legislature has no business injecting itself into what should be personal, private medical decisions between women and their doctors."

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WV