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June 02, 2005

Mississippi Judge rules abortion-safety law, unconstitutional

From LifeNews:

A federal judge in Mississippi says a state law that places limits on abortions during the second trimester is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee rendered his decision on Wednesday.

The law would have prohibited the abortions in stand-alone abortion businesses because of the danger to the mother during the more risky abortion. Such abortions would only be able to be performed in hospitals and outpatient surgical facilities.

In its arguments before Judge Lee, the state said moving the abortions to more legitimate medical facilities allowed women to be closer to doctors who could performing emergency surgery in cases of botched abortions.

However, Lee claimed the law was enacted "for reasons wholly unrelated to any actual safety or health concerns."

The law came about in the aftermath of the verdict against Dr. Malachy Dehenre who was found Dehenre guilty of gross malpractice in four abortions.

In one case, a woman died 18 hours after having an abortion. The women involved in the other three cases had to have hysterectomies to stop massive hemorrhaging from uterine perforations.

Dehenre performed a reported 5,000 abortions a year (that would be about 20 a day assuming a five day work week).

For some unknown reason, though, the idiot judge couldn't see that there was any health concerns, and instead claimed that since there are currently no hospitals or outpatient surgical facilities that perform abortions, the law is tantamount to outlawing abortions altogether. Never mind that women are dying and being butchered, make sure those babies get killed, right Judge Lee?

The Jackson Women's Health Organization, the state's only abortion center, filed suit last year against the state with the help of the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights.

[Assistant Attorney General Jacob] Ray said the abortion business could perform second-trimester abortions if it would makes the changes necessary to become an ambulatory surgical facility. [emphasis added]

In other words, one abortuary won't make the health and sanitation changes necessary to bring itself up to the standards required to become an ambulatory surgical facility, and this moron judge says that the legislature is the one being unreasonable.

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 2, 2005 09:09 AM

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