Fallout from High Court's Partial Birth Abortion Ruling

July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM

(CNSNews.com) - The recent Supreme Court ruling overturning Nebraska's ban on partial birth abortions has created a domino effect: other states are reviewing and halting the implementation of similar legislation.

In Florida, for instance, the attorney general's office advised the legislature to end its ban just days after the Supreme Court decision was rendered.

"Earlier this month, I think it was July 3 ... the Florida attorney general's [office] did file a notice that ... the partial birth abortion ban should be blocked," said Elizabeth Hirst, spokesperson for Governor Jeb Bush.

Hirst said the decision came as a direct result of reviewing the Nebraska case.

"The governor will wait to see what the legislature does," she continued. "At this point, ... there's no specific plans" as to the future of the ban.

Attorneys general in Illinois, too, have reconsidered legislation halting partial birth abortions because of the Nebraska case, although related laws there had been historically contentious, anyhow.

A ban on the abortion procedure passed the legislature within the past couple years, said a spokesperson for the attorney general, but it was halted from actual enactment by an immediate injunction.

Still, the Nebraska case seemingly has given pro-choice activists even more fodder in clearing the Illinois law books of abortion restrictions.

"It was never enacted, it was blocked from being enacted in the state," spokesperson Dan Anders said. "But now we're not pursuing it ... that was entirely because of the Nebraska case."

At one point, nearly 30 states banned the partial birth abortion procedure, according to information from a 1998 Guttmacher Report on Public Policy, posted on the Internet.

"When challenged, however, virtually all of the new state restrictions have been struck down," the report stated.

National Right to Life federal legislative department officials did not immediately have access to statistics depicting the current status of other states' bans as a result of the Nebraska case.