Partial-Birth Abortion

Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Partial-birth Abortion (April 18, 2007)

  • Text of the Court's decision (PDF format)

  • Priests for Life Press Release

  • The State's Interest in Life by Fr. Frank Pavone


    Office of the Press Secretary

    For Immediate Release, April 18, 2007


    I am pleased that the Supreme Court upheld a law that prohibits the abhorrent procedure of partial-birth abortion.  Today's decision affirms that the Constitution does not stand in the way of the people's representatives enacting laws reflecting the compassion and humanity of America.  The partial-birth abortion ban, which an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress passed and I signed into law, represents a commitment to building a culture of life in America. 

    The Supreme Court's decision is an affirmation of the progress we have made over the past six years in protecting human dignity and upholding the sanctity of life.  We will continue to work for the day when every child is welcomed in life and protected in law.

Listen to Abortionist Martin Haskell explain the partial-birth abortion procedure to other abortionists during a presentation at the 16th Annual Meeting of the National Abortion Federation Conference in 1992 in San Diego: [Listen].  Listen to a partial-birth abortion in progress as Martin Haskell narrates: [Listen].

Partial-Birth Abortion Trial Transcripts

Partial-Birth Abortion Cases heard by the Supreme Court

President Bush signed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban into law on November 5, 2003. Because pro-abortion forces do not have the support of the public on this issue, they have again gone to the courts, seeking to strike down the law.

Federal Courts in the 2nd, 8th, and 9th Circuits ruled the ban unconstitutional. Now, the Supreme Court has agreed to consider the case, and is reviewing the decisions of the 8th and 9th Circuit courts. Oral arguments will be heard on Wednesday, November 8.

In the federal courts, testimony from practicing abortionists has been taken regarding the details of the procedure. Such testimony, beyond its legal value, has tremendous educational value. Below are the latest transcripts out of the courtrooms in New York, Nebraska, and California. Please use this information in your newsletters, letters to the editor, pro-life presentations, and personal efforts to educate your friends and neighbors about the horror of abortion.

New York: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8  
  Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16  
  Closing Arguments  Judgment  
Nebraska: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8  
California:  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8  
  Day 9 Day 10 Day 11            
  CA Judgment CA Order              


Highlights compiled by Cathy Ruse, Director of Planning and Information, Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (2004)

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