Supreme Court Partial Birth Abortion Ban Oral Arguments

Justices heard oral arguments on two cases involving partial birth abortions. At 10 a.m. the justices heard arguments in Gonzales v.… read more

Justices heard oral arguments on two cases involving partial birth abortions. At 10 a.m. the justices heard arguments in Gonzales v. Carhart, et al.. At 11 a.m., they heard Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, et al. The Court will decide the constitutionality of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. It prohibits a doctor from knowingly performing a partial-birth abortion. The act contains an exception for cases in which an abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the mother, but no exception for the health of the mother. Congress made factual findings before passing the act, including that a partial-birth abortion is never medically necessary to preserve the health of the mother.

Priscilla Smith argued for physicians, including Leroy Carhart. Eve Gartner and Therese Stewart argued for Planned Parenthood.

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Judicial Proceeding
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Nov 11, 2006
Last Aired:
Apr 21, 2007

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  • Nov 11, 2006 | 6:59pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 12, 2006 | 12:30am EST | C-SPAN 1
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  • Apr 21, 2007 | 10:05am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 21, 2007 | 7:02pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
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