Women attacked by the Supreme Court today
Let's talk about what this law is all about...
First, there is NO SUCH THING AS A "PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION". The procedure is called D&E and is simply a vaginal abortion. It has nothing to do with "late term abortions" as well. This is actually the safest abortion procedure available and therefore is the procedure most used. This now means that women choosing abortions will either have to have abdominal surgery or medically induced abortions; both of which are extremely dangerous to many women. BTW, there is NO provision for the health of the woman. The penalty for performing a D&E is a huge fine and/or jail time for the physician.
This law also allows the father of a fetus to civily sue the woman who chooses an abortion. And in the case of women under 17, the maternal grandparents of the fetus can also choose to sue. That's because we women are just property of our husbands and, if we're younger, our parents, right?
The vote was 5 - 4 in favor of upholding the law. The five justices who voted in favor are the five Catholics on the court - four of which belong to fundamentalist Catholic groups. Both Scallia and Thomas wrote in their decisions that abortion "has no place in the Constitution". Kennedy encouraged the states to further chip away at Roe v. Wade by looking for other "partial birth abortion" procedures to outlaw.
Here's what we can do...
This is a federal law that was passed in 2003 by the Bu$h-held Republican Congress. They CAN undo this law by rescinding it.
Call your Senators and Congresspersons today at 202-225-3121. Let them know you want them to rescind this law immediately. This is the only way to overturn the Supreme Court's bad decision.
Women, fight for your rights and the rights of your daughters and their daughters. Do not let Congress and the Supreme Court dictate to us about our bodies. Act now!