Posts tagged: RU486
The first challenge to the constitutionality of the so-called fetal pain anti-abortion laws enacted in several states has come from an unlikely place; so has the second, reports the Associated Press. Rick Hearn, the lawyer in the center of this fight, represents an Idaho woman challenging her state's abortion laws in an effort to avoid future prosecution. The same Rick Hearn, who also is a physician, is attempting to jump into the case as a plaintiff using his status as a doctor, even though he has never terminated a pregnancy, in an effort to make sure that if the case is successful, it applies broadly enough to get his client off the hook for good, reports AP reporter Rebecca Boone.
Idaho is among more than half a dozen states that have recently passed legislation banning abortion after 19 weeks of pregnancy based on disputed scientific testimony about ability of fetuses to feel pain at 20 weeks. Idaho's law passed last year; it's now being challenged in federal court. Click below for Boone's full report.
NPR reporter Jessica Robinson reports that the arrest of a Pocatello women for using RU-486 purchased on the Internet to self-administer an illegal abortion is proving to be an uneasy one for both sides in the abortion issue. Even as Jennie Linn McCormack prepares to take her case to federal court - and her attorney says he's willing to take it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court - neither pro-choice nor pro-life groups are making much of the case, for a variety of reasons. You can read Robinson's full report here.