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Bush administration appeals 'partial birth' abortion ruling to Supreme Court

[JURIST] The Bush administration has asked the US Supreme Court to reinstate a legislative ban on late-term "partial birth" abortions, appealing a July ruling by the US Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis that upheld [JURIST report] a Nebraska federal district court ruling [JURIST report] finding the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act [PDF text] unconstitutional because it lacks an exception for the health of the mother. The appeal in Carhart v. Gonzalez [PDF text] was filed Friday and released Monday. The "partial birth" abortion case has been a contentious two-year legal battle, but it is as yet unclear if the Supreme Court will take the latest appeal. It has already scheduled arguments in November in another abortion case involving New Hampshire's parental notification statute [text]. AP has more.

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