U.S. Pro-life Groups Demand Immediate Enforcement of Partial Birth Abortion Ban
Pro-life organizations enthused by Wednesday’s US Supreme Court decision, are calling for immediate enforcement of the 2003 Partial Birth Abortion ban by the US Justice Department.
In New Jersey, a number of pro-life organizations, including New Jersey Right to Life, the Legal Center for Defense of Life, and Crossing Over Ministry, held a press conference Thursday outside Metropolitan Medical Associates, an abortion provider, demanding enforcement of the upheld abortion law.
“The practical consequences of today’s decision take place right here in Englewood,” said Richard Collier, president of the Morristown-based Legal Center for the Defense of Life. “This is the place that does 1,500 partial-birth abortions a year. We’re here to call on U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie to enforce the statute against Metropolitan if it continues to do partial-birth abortions.”
In Missouri, Attorney General Jay Nixon released a statement on the Supreme Court’s vindication of the 2003 Partial Birth Abortion Ban, saying he expected to soon enforce Missouri’s ban on partial-birth abortion, which was held by the U.S. Supreme Court pending a decision in Gonzales v. Carhart.
“Because of the Supreme Court’s decision today in that case upholding a federal ban on partial-birth abortions, we expect the Court soon will refer the Missouri case to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. When that occurs, we will immediately file to request the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to remove the injunction on enforcement of the Missouri law.”
Missouri’s Governor Matt Blunt said he welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision, and asked the Missouri Legislature to send him more “strong pro-life legislation this year” that “reflects the values of Missourians, respects the sanctity of all human life and will ultimately help to reduce the number of abortions that occur in our state.”
This is only common sense. The Supreme Court, at long last, has upheld a law that will save innocent lives. Our government leaders shouldn’t waste any time in enforcing this ban. Let’s see if the Republicans have the courage to stand up for what’s right now that they are allowed to.