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Judge blocks enforcement of law banning abortion after fetal heartbeat

Catholic World News - July 24, 2013

A federal district court judge has blocked enforcement of a new North Dakota law that would have banned most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The Supreme Court has ruled “that viability marks the earliest point at which a state’s interest in fetal life may be adequate to justify a ban on non-therapeutic abortions,” wrote Judge Daniel Hovland, who was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush. “The Defendants have wholly failed to provide any conclusive evidence that a fetus, at the time a heartbeat is detected around six weeks, could live outside of the mother’s womb and thus be ‘viable.’”

The law, he added, “would ban nearly 90% of all abortions performed at the only clinic in North Dakota which provides such services, in direct contradiction to United States Supreme Court precedent.”

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  • Posted by: Defender - Jul. 25, 2013 11:02 AM ET USA

    Using this disjointed reasoning when we are very old, will we not be viable anymore since we will need assistance, too?

  • Posted by: Leferink557202 - Jul. 24, 2013 1:22 PM ET USA

    Many people say that the POTUS is the most powerful man in the world. I'm beginning to think more and more that it's these federal "justices." Kyrie eleison!

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