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Court to revisit abortion stance
Abilene Reporter-News ^ | January 31, 2004 | Loretta Fulton

Posted on 01/30/2004 10:34:38 PM PST by HAL9000

Lawyers seeking to overturn the 1973 landmark ruling that legalized abortion will get another day in court.

In June, U.S. District Judge David Godbey of Dallas tossed out a motion to re-open and overturn the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision.

Friday afternoon, supporters of re-examining the ruling were ecstatic that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans had agreed to consider the motion. A hearing was scheduled for March 2.

"It would have been a significant setback if they hadn’t agreed to even hear the case," said Dr. Virginia Armstrong, a retired Hardin-Simmons University political science professor who is serving as the constitutional issues specialist on the media advisory committee for attorneys who filed the motion.

Armstrong said three of the 16 judges on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will conduct the hearing. A ruling isn’t expected immediately, she said.

One reason is the sheer volume of evidence the panel of judges must examine. It includes 5,400 pages of evidence supporting three arguments:

- Abortion hurts women, based on testimony of post-abortive women in more than 1,000 affidavits filed with the motion.

- Human life begins at conception, based on what attorneys called scientific data that has materialized since the 1973 ruling.

- No women need give birth to an unwanted child because of the Texas "Baby Moses" law that allows the state to assume responsibility for the baby until the child reaches age 18.

"There will finally be a ruling on the validity of all the 5,400 pages of evidence the judge wouldn’t hear last June," Armstrong said.

The motion was unusual because it was filed by attorneys for Norma McCorvey, the "Jane Roe" of Roe v. Wade. McCorvey publicly identified herself in 1980.

She later converted to Catholicism and in 1995 stunned the abortion rights community by joining the anti-abortion forces.

In dismissing McCorvey’s motion in June, Godbey said it wasn’t made within a reasonable time after the 1973 judgment.

TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: abortion; mccorvey; normamccorvey; roevwade

1 posted on 01/30/2004 10:34:38 PM PST by HAL9000
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2 posted on 01/30/2004 10:46:45 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: HAL9000
Interesting. Very interesting. I will be praying.
3 posted on 01/30/2004 10:48:01 PM PST by Kay
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To: HAL9000
Well I certainly wish her luck, but science, law, and morality be damned, the current Supreme Court will not overturn R v W for any reason. Abortion is the most holy of all sacraments to the modern Left and with only three conservatives on the court, there is no hope for progress.
4 posted on 01/30/2004 10:52:31 PM PST by swilhelm73
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To: swilhelm73
Well, one never knows does one? Perhaps Judge Pickering might be one of the deciding judges here? (Heh heh heh)
5 posted on 01/30/2004 11:32:55 PM PST by Enterprise ("You sit down. You had your say. Now I'm going to have my say.")
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