Abortion Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Supporters of a controversial late-term abortion procedure say the decision by a federal judge is "incredibly important" for women.

The judge in New York has ruled to block the government from enforcing a ban on what some called "partial-birth" abortion. Another federal judge in Nebraska made a similar ruling.

The ruling came following a request from the National Abortion Foundation, which says it's thankful the court acted quickly. Its president says the government ban is "clearly unconstitutional."

But the New York State Right to Life Committee says it's amazed the judge acted against the ban. A spokeswoman says it's "eye-opening" to think that partially-born infants will continue dying because of a judge's order. She says the group is hoping for a shift in Supreme Court philosophy or personnel by the time the case gets there.

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