Behind An Antiabortion Victory

Antiabortion forces celebrated a victory last week when Congress passed a bill barring so-called partial-birth abortion. But many observers--Democrats as well as some conservatives--doubt that the bill (which President Bush has vowed to sign into law) will be upheld by the Supreme Court since it differs little from a Nebraska law struck down by the high court by a 5-to-4 vote in 2000. The court ruled that because the Nebraska law did not contain an exception for cases in which the mother's health is at stake, it was unconstitutional. The new measure also has no health exception, though lawmakers have included...

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