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10 Aug 2015 9:15 PM | Anonymous
LAST month, Judge Bobby Shepherd of the eighth circuit court in Missouri wrote an opinion reading more like a novice high-school debate speech than a ruling by a federal appellate judge. The topic was abortion—specifically, North Dakota’s highly restrictive law banning the procedure at the first sign of a fetal heartbeat. Since a heartbeat can be heard as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, and the Supreme Court has said that women have a right to an abortion up to the point of viability (ie, when the fetus is capable of surviving outside the womb, around 24 weeks), Judge Shepherd held, along with two colleagues, that the law is unconstitutional.   The Economist.   Read More

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