A trial on the constitutionality of a ban on what abortion foes call
"partial birth" abortion began March 29 in a federal court in Manhattan. The
case began when the National Abortion Federation sued US Attorney General
John Ashcroft, calling for him to stop enforcement of the abortion restrictions
that were signed into law by President Bush last November.
The trial will revolve around whether the procedure is ever necessary
to ensure the health of the mother. If the law stands, physicians performing
certain abortions could face 2 years in prison.
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