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Law Lecturers Explain New Abortion Decision

Publication Date: 
April 24, 2007
The Stanford Daily
Lia Hardin

The Supreme Court's decision on partial birth abortion elicited comments by Professor Alan B. Morrison and Professor Jane Schacter at yesterday's lunchtime event. The following paragraphs are quotes from the Stanford Daily:

... Stanford Law Students for Choice invited Schacter and Morrison, who are both experts in constitutional law, to speak on the implications of Gonzales v. Carhart, a 5-4 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy ‘58.

...“The rhetoric has really tracked the rhetoric and tactics of the pro-life political movement,” Morrison said.

...Schacter pointed out, the case focused on “protecting women from their own, inevitable sense of regret.”

..."That seems to me a call to disclose information,” she said, noting that the decision allows Congress to directly regulate abortion procedures in the second trimester. “There’s a mismatch between the problem that’s being described and the solution that’s being offered.”

...“The only question is,” Morrison asked, “how are they going to be aborted?”