Tell the Court: Late Term Abortion Ban is Unconstitutional
November 5, 2003 was a dark day for pro-choice America. President Bush became the first president to criminalize an abortion procedure since Roe vs. Wade established a woman's constitutional right to a safe and legal abortion in 1973.
This late-term abortion ban is just the first piece of legislation in Bush's anti-woman, anti-choice agenda. The real goal of this Administration is to chip away at Roe vs. Wade, one bill at a time, until it is completely overturned and we are once again living in the dark ages of illegal, botched abortions.
But we live in the 21st century, and we will not go back!
This new legislation is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has ruled against similar laws in the past. Just three years ago, the Court struck down such a ban in Nebraska in Stenberg v Carhart. That legislation was considered unconstitutional because (1) it lacked a health exception and (2) its broad language imposed an "undue burden" on a woman's right to choose abortion. This new ban is also worded broadly and contains no exceptions for when a woman's health is at risk.
Help keep abortion legal by signing this petition to the United States Supreme Court justices. Tell them that this legislation is unconstitutional, and women should be able to make their most personal and difficult decisions with the help of their partners and doctors, not under the dictates of the government.
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Petition: Honorable Justices
The Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 is dangerous for women, and I urge you to overturn it. It contains no exception for when a woman's health is at risk.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against similar legislation, and I urge you to remain true to these decisions. On June 28, 2000, in Stenberg v. Carhart, the Court struck down a Nebraska law that banned so called "partial-birth" abortion. The majority found the law unconstitutional on two independent grounds: (1) it lacked a health exception and (2) its broad language imposed an "undue burden" on a woman's right to choose abortion.
Please consider my comments in your decision, and strike down this dangerous legislation.