I’m sure most of you have read already that, in a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court decided today to ban partial birth abortions, essentially changing their minds on a decision only made seven years ago.

From The New York Times:

The majority upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, whose very name can set off heated debate. The procedure addressed is known medically as “intact dilation and evacuation” or “D and X,” short for dilation and extraction. It involves partly removing an intact fetus, then destroying the skull to complete the abortion.

Doctors and other abortion-rights advocates who challenged the law maintained that the procedure is often the safest to use late in the pregnancy, because it minimizes the chances of injury to the uterus.

Granted, I’m not a big fan of this procedure, but if it’s safer for the woman than other forms of late-term abortion I think it ought to be allowed. For the record, they did NOT outlaw late-term abortions, they’ve just made it more dangerous.

Again from NYT:

But Eve Gartner of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America said the ruling “flies in the face of 30 years of Supreme Court precedent and the best interest of women’s health and safety.” The ruling sends the signal that “politicians, not doctors,” will make health-care decisions for women.

Things like this make me remember why I’m looking forward to Jan. 20, 2009.