Last Wednesday, the day after the national mid-term elections, the US Supreme Court heard arguments for and against the ban on Partial Birth Abortion. For a brief history, Congress twice passed the ban in the 1990’s but was twice vetoed by President Clinton. When it was re-introduced and approved in 2003, President Bush made a big deal out of signing the ban to a crowd of about 1000 people at the Ronald Reagan building in Washington D.C.
I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at the bill-signing that day and can still recall the high energy flowing through the room. It was as if we were all thinking, “Finally! Someone who gets it!”Like Fr. Pavone
, we are cautiously optimistic that the Supreme Court will uphold the ban and regulate this gruesome procedure.
Transcripts for the hearings are available here