Federal Appeals Court to Reconsider Virginia Abortion Ban

This morning, a full Fourth Circuit Court reconsidered a Virginia ban on certain late-term abortion procedures.

Last May, a three-judge panel ruled the Virginia law, which banned the most common second-term abortion procedure, unconstitutional. According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, the court found that "it was substantially broader than the federal law, exposing
physicians to the risk of criminal prosecution and imprisonment for using the
safest and most common method of second-trimester abortion."  The Supreme Court had ordered the Fourth Circuit to re-evaluate the constitutionality of the Virginia ban, after it upheld a the Federal Abortion Ban in Gonzales v. Carhart.  But the Virginia attorney general’s office asked the full court to rehear the case. 


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  • invalid-0

    How can you not ban this procedure:


  • mellankelly1

    You’re reacting exactly how the anti-abortion extremists assumed you would… this Act has little to do with banning a procedure which has already been banned; it’s purpose is to outlaw legal abortions done on a pre-viable pregnancy.  Just another attempt to chip away at abortion.

    "The Virginia Act imposes an undue burden upon a woman’s right to choose a previability second trimester abortion," ~ Judge M. Blane Michael.  This Act could potentially effect perfectly legal abortions done anywhere after 12 weeks.