None of the votes to lower the abortion limit in Britain passed. It appears the closest vote was 304 to 233. Blogger James Cary has some thoughts.
A three person panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled by a 2-1 vote that Virginia's ban on partial-birth abortion is unconstitutional. Backers of the law plan on challenging the ruling in front of the entire Fourth Circuit Court or the U.S. Supreme Court.
Abortion proponents and Ken Edelin still have trouble telling the whole story regarding why he was arrested and convicted. Here are some of the details which are always conveniently left out when he gets interviewed by pro-choice advocates.
“On October 2 the girl was twice subjected to [a] saline infusion abortion procedure. A third and similar attempt was made the following day.All proved unsuccessful. Later the second day Dr. Edelin performed a hysterotomy and surgically aborted the child. It was during the hysterotomy that Dr. Edelin was alleged to have detached the placenta from the uterine wall and then held the child inside its mother for at least three minutes...
According to NRL News, “The prosecution charged that the infant was viable at the time the abortion was performed and that it was the action of Dr. Edelin of holding the child inside its mother’s womb after detaching the placenta which caused it to suffocate. (One witness for the prosecution said that holding the baby inside the mother for three minutes "would be equivalent to cutting the air hose on a salvage diver.")
“‘Manslaughter is the issue, not abortion, criminal manslaughter,’ the prosecution said.”