Reaction Split on Court's Abortion Ruling

By: Allison Hunt
By: Allison Hunt

Knoxville (WVLT) - A landmark decision Wednesday by the Supreme Court regarding abortion laws. A nationwide ban on a controversial abortion procedure has been upheld. Abortion rights groups say the ruling could threaten most abortions after 12 weeks, a procedure known as 'partial birth abortions' by opponents.

Volunteer TV's Allison Hunt spoke with activists here in East Tennessee on both sides of the issue.

"It's beyond abortion, it really is infanticide."

"There's been a continual onslaught and assault on women's rights over the years."

Two very different opinions, one very big decision.

In a five to four ruling, the Supreme Court says the 2003, partial birth abortion ban act does not violate a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.

"It should've been banned immediately because it's such a violent and barbaric act against unborn child and their mothers." As executive director of the Knox County Chapter of East Tennessee's Right to Life, Stacy Dunn has worked over 20 years to inform people about the sanctity of all human life...and says the ruling is a small step in the right direction. "We're happy that those babies are saved, now those babies will be saved and we'll work towards the day that all babies are saved."

But for Corinne Rovetti, the ruling is disturbing and unclear. "It doesn't really apply to a specific procedure that is being done and so it's kind of a broad decision about some abortions that are deemed very necessary."

As a reproductive rights activist for many years and the co-director of the Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health, she says the broad wording could have dangerous repercussions for women.

"Now, a physician doesn't have the choice to make the decisions as to what procedure is best for that particular woman, so the health of a woman could be in grave trouble," Rovetti says.

The ruling is likely to fuel state efforts to place more restrictions on abortions.


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  • by Brenda Location: Gossage on Apr 30, 2007 at 09:05 AM
    The Bible says "the Lord knew us before we were born. He knew us in our mother's womb". These babies are living human beings. Women should think about this before making the decision to "have a baby".
  • by Debbie Location: Knoxville TN on Apr 20, 2007 at 08:45 PM
    Well that is fine that a decision is made on the partial birth abortions which I don't agree with as long as the mother is not in any danger. As for keeping abortions legal and safe (before the 12 weeks)I believe in keeping that my right to do as a woman. I get tired of men and all these "fundies" telling women what to do and not to do. These christian fundies are the ones always trying to run the show and making people feel bad about themselves after an abortion. I think they are the ones who should be aborted from this world.
  • by Leticia Location: Arlington VIRGINIA on Apr 19, 2007 at 12:16 PM
    I'm so glad! A nationwide ban 'partial birth abortions', have a friend that she had an abortion. She was never the same. Finally someone stepped up to the plate!

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