September 26, 2006

High court nears flash point on several fronts

After having the pleasure of hearing Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline at AUL's Annual Gala last night, this article seemed worth pointing out.

The battle over a woman's constitutional right to medically end her pregnancy has convulsed the nation for more than a generation. But since the U.S. Supreme Court's 1992 decision to reaffirm Roe v. Wade, at least one thing has remained constant: If pregnancy threatens a woman's life or health, she can't be prevented from seeking a legal abortion.

That assurance is now on shaky ground. When the U.S. Supreme Court reconvenes next week after its summer break, justices will be asked to decide whether health risks alone should guarantee women access to controversial late-term abortions, typically—though rarely—performed when pregnancies have progressed beyond 20 weeks.

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