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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 8

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THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 8A High court rejects appeal in abortion ban help J I The court let stand an Ohiio appeals court ng allowing tial-birth abortions. rul pa YOlir HOrOSCOpe- Read your horoscope for today. Or, go back and see if past horoscopes came true. (Sometimes they do, you know.) Read your finanoa future or see what mega-celebrities share your sign, you II find it all'in our Around Town section, along with movies, restaurants, events, activities, concerts, shows-pretty much everyth.ng that people in the know need to know. islature" and "appears to be grounded in abortion policy, not constitutional law." The appeals court ruled in November that the 1995 law was fatally flawed because it made no exceptions for women who might suffer "severe psychological or emotional injury" without such surgery. Another portion of the law prohibits abortions if the fetus could survive outside the womb or after 22 weeks of pregnancy, except in certain situations, including if the mother is in risk of dying or suffering serious harm. The appeals court found that provisions in the law relating to a doctors' culpability to be unconstitutionally vague. and extraction, involves the birth of the fetus' entire body except the head before termination. Used in the later months of pregnancy, the procedure accounts for a small proportion of all abortions performed in the United States, although no exact figures are available. Voting to hear Ohio's appeal defending the law were the court's conservatives, Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justices Clarence Thomas and An-tonin Scalia, all opponents of the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling legalizing abortion. In a five-page dissent, Thomas said the appeals court ruling thwarts "the will of the state leg eventually have to decide the controversy, and vowed to step up efforts to win approval for federal legislation banning partial-birth abortions. The Republican-controlled Congress has been unable to get enough votes to override President Clinton's veto of federal legislation. But Rep. Charles Ca-nady, a Florida Republican, said he was "hopeful" there would be enough votes this year. The American Life League said the Supreme Court's action makes it clear the courts will not restrict abortions and it called for a constitutional amendment. A partial-birth abortion, which is also known as intact dilation Reuters WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court Monday let stand the first major appeals court ruling that struck down a state law banking "partial-birth" abortions, handing abortion rights advocates a victory and angering abortion foes. Xhe high court's three most conservative members wanted to hear an appeal by Ohio of the first federal appeals court ruling on the issue, but they could not get any' of the other six justices to go aloi)g with them. The votes of km your window into the Palm Beaches. www.GoPBI.com four justices are needed to hear a case, I - i.;)d in - lrl"" ' 1 1 '" ""n luO The Cincinnati-based appeals court declared key parts of the Ohios abortion law unconstitu tional. The challenge to the law had been brought by a doctor and a company which operates wom en s clinics in three Ohio coun ties. The law, the first of its kind to be adopted by a state, has yet to be enforced because of the lega battle. Abortion rights groups hailed th-1 Supreme Court s action, say ing h sent a clear signal to state lawmakers that such laws fail to pass constitutional muster. 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