Abortion Rights Upheld In Virginia, England

Good news for choice internationally! A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Virginia's ban on late-term abortions is is unconstitutional, reports the Washington Post. The ban was originally passed by the Virginia assembly in 2003, despite protests from the state's then Governor, Mark R. Warner. The notoriously conservative 4th Circuit Court of Appeals struck the law down in 2005, but it was revisited when the Supreme Court upheld bans on some late term abortions last year. The 4th Circuit did not reverse its decision to throw out the ban because, according to the WaPo, it "imposes an undue burden on a woman's right to obtain an abortion." Across the pond, Britain's parliament voted yesterday to keep the legal limit on abortions at 24 weeks, even though Tory MP Nadine Dorries and other conservatives have been rallying to lower the limit to 20 with a campaign called "20 Reasons for 20 weeks."

As Parliament was in session yesterday, pro-choicers protested outside, chanting "Not the church, not the state, women must decide their fate." Snappy! The Guardian points out that the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the Royal College of Nursing and the House of Commons science and technology committee all supported the 24 week limit, refuting many of the 20 reasons conservatives were using to further their argument.

Court Strikes Down Virginia Abortion Ban [Washington Post]

No Shift In British Abortion Law [New York Times]

Now Is The Time To Decriminalise Abortion, Says Pro-choice Lobby [Guardian]

Earlier: Conservative British MP Calls America "The Abortion Capital Of The World"