Saturday, September 25, 2004

Judge In Norma McCorvey Case Blasts Roe v. Wade Abortion Decision

New Orleans, LA ( -- Though a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court turned back a request by Norma McCorvey to reopen the Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion, one of the panel's judges blasted the nation's high court for its landmark 1973 decision. Circuit Judge Edith H. Jones wrote the opinion for the court denying McCorvey's request. However, she also wrote a concurring opinion calling Roe an "exercise of raw judicial power," and citing evidence McCorvey presented showing abortions hurt women. Jones, a Reagan nominee, wrote that the "[Supreme] Court's rulings have rendered basic abortion policy beyond the power of our legislative bodies." "The perverse result of the Court's having determined through constitutional adjudication this fundamental social policy, which affects over a million women and unborn babies each year, is that the facts no longer matter," Jones added. McCorvey's motion included over 5000 pages of evidence with affidavits from over 1000 woman who have been harmed by abortion. "It takes no expert prognosticator to know that research on women's mental and physical health following abortion will yield an eventual medical consensus," Jones said.


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