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Louisiana Becomes First State to Ban Late-Term Abortions
FoxNews ^ | July 13th, 2007 | AP

Posted on 07/14/2007 4:40:58 PM PDT by shield

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Louisiana became the first American state to outlaw a late-term abortion procedure on Friday, when the governor approved legislation allowing doctors to be prosecuted for performing the surgery.

The new law allows so-called "partial birth" abortions in only one situation: when failure to perform it would endanger the mother's life. The procedure would be a crime in all other cases, even if the pregnancy is expected to cause health problems for the mother.

Democratic Gov. Kathleen Blanco signed into law criminal penalties for doctors who perform the surgery: fines of between $1,000 and $10,000, and jail terms of between one and 10 years.

The statute is parallel to a federal ban that President George W. Bush signed into law in 2003, which was upheld in April by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lawmakers in other states are expected to consider similar bans. Louisiana is the first to enact one.

Unlike in many developed countries, where abortion is considered a medical procedure beyond the reach of politics, it remains among the most politically sensitive subjects in the United States, and is likely to be a hotly debated issue through the campaign to the November 2008 U.S. presidential election, especially by conservative Republicans

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: abortions; blanco; de; louisiana; pba; pbaban

1 posted on 07/14/2007 4:40:59 PM PDT by shield
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To: shield

The ACLU will take care of this despicable situation. /S


2 posted on 07/14/2007 4:44:53 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: shield
The new law allows so-called "partial birth"

Hmmm, wonder why they never say the so-called 'global warming'. Even Fox goes along with the left-wing spin.

3 posted on 07/14/2007 4:49:58 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: shield
Unlike in many developed countries, where abortion is considered a medical procedure beyond the reach of politics, it remains among the most politically sensitive subjects in the United States

The story somehow avoids telling us that procedures of this type are already banned in many of these "developed countries."

Most European countries, for instance, are much more restrictive of abortion than the US is.

In France, for instance, the abortion ratio (abortions per 1000 live births) is 275. In the US it's 341.

4 posted on 07/14/2007 4:53:45 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Sorry, US abortion ratio is 314, not 341. My keyboard has a hole in it.


5 posted on 07/14/2007 4:55:04 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.)
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To: Sherman Logan

And I don’t want to know why!


6 posted on 07/14/2007 4:58:13 PM PDT by TxCopper
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To: wagglebee; Salvation; NYer; CajunConservative; JulieRNR21; EternalVigilance; AzaleaCity5691; ...

The public is slowly turning against Roe vs. Wade.


7 posted on 07/14/2007 5:47:34 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Open borders and outsourcing are opposite sides of the same coin)
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To: shield

Thank God, and Louisiana!


8 posted on 07/14/2007 6:53:27 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: shield
Odd that its referred to as the 'First State' to ban such a crime.

Before 1973, it was a crime in all 50 states.

9 posted on 07/14/2007 6:56:02 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Regulator

Typical loon media...besides, if it’d been any other state but Louisiana wonder if we’d even see this news.


10 posted on 07/14/2007 7:01:24 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: shield

Silly question: why was this necessary? There is already a federal law that was just successfully defended in the SCOTUS. Isn’t this redundant?


11 posted on 07/14/2007 7:57:09 PM PDT by Western Civ 4ever
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To: shield

“The statute is parallel to a federal ban that President George W. Bush signed into law in 2003, which was upheld in April by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Question- If there is federal law against it then why do we need state laws?


12 posted on 07/14/2007 8:24:54 PM PDT by Revel
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To: Revel; Western Civ 4ever
Exactly, my thoughts.

However, isn't there a doc in Kansas that has continued with partial birth abortions?

13 posted on 07/14/2007 8:28:42 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: shield; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; ...

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14 posted on 07/14/2007 10:07:20 PM PDT by Coleus (Pro Deo et Patria)
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To: All

bump!


15 posted on 07/14/2007 11:01:13 PM PDT by Sun (Duncan Hunter pro-life/borders, understands Red China threat! http://www.gohunter08.com/Home.aspx)
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To: shield

Tiller the Killer ... serial killer protected by the governor of the state.


16 posted on 07/14/2007 11:09:22 PM PDT by MHGinTN (You've had life support. Promote life support for those in the womb.)
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To: Revel

It my understanding that unless it is in the U.S. Constitution, federal law covers federal ‘estates’, reservations, military complexes, etc. A state may write a law which can be challenged for review of possible contradiction to the Constitution. Hence, when a ruling comes down that upholds a state law, it effects immediately only that state which had the review, and stops challenge to other states’ similar laws.


17 posted on 07/14/2007 11:12:38 PM PDT by MHGinTN (You've had life support. Promote life support for those in the womb.)
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt

Finally, something coming out of LA that I can be proud of. (orig. from LA)


18 posted on 07/14/2007 11:16:18 PM PDT by spotbust1 (Procrastinators of the world unite . . . . .tomorrow!!!)
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To: MHGinTN

Yes, I understand that. Wasn’t there a recent ruling that’s set him up for a world of hurt? Multi docs signing off on that procedure...life and death situation for Mom. He’s not been doing that....isn’t it now out of state hands?


19 posted on 07/14/2007 11:18:22 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: spotbust1

Yes indeed!


20 posted on 07/15/2007 1:55:50 AM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: shield

Good for her! It’s a start.


21 posted on 07/15/2007 12:21:49 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

too bad it isn’t at a quicker pace, as millions continue to die while we wait.


22 posted on 07/15/2007 12:28:24 PM PDT by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: MHGinTN

thanks for the clarification! :o)


23 posted on 07/15/2007 12:29:44 PM PDT by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: shield; cpforlife.org
I believe that was already ruled on. Let me see if I can find it.

CP PING!

24 posted on 07/15/2007 12:30:52 PM PDT by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: Regulator

Actually, prior to 1973, it was legal in CT, HI, and a few other states.


25 posted on 07/15/2007 12:31:44 PM PDT by AzaleaCity5691
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To: shield
"TILLER CHARGED WITH 19 CRIMINAL COUNTS"
Operation Rescue ^ | June 28th, 2007 | Operation Rescue
Posted on 06/28/2007 6:07:03 PM CDT by mware


26 posted on 07/15/2007 12:36:08 PM PDT by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: AzaleaCity5691

Prior to 1973, a doctor could legally terminate a pregnancy to save a woman’s life in all fifty states, so abortion was already legal in all the states prior to Roe and Doe.


27 posted on 07/15/2007 12:36:35 PM PDT by MHGinTN (You've had life support. Promote life support for those in the womb.)
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To: MountainFlower

Thanks...


28 posted on 07/15/2007 12:37:44 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: MountainFlower

It is, but IMHO, Roe vs. Wade is tottering. The Supreme Court upheld the partial birth abortion ban, which makes it likely that this law will stand.

If Republicans win the White House and maintain a strong presence in Congress after the 2008 elections, Roe vs. Wade will be on borrowed time.


29 posted on 07/15/2007 12:46:12 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Open borders and outsourcing are opposite sides of the same coin)
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