Court rejects bid to bar abortion method


National News

June 28, 2019 - 5:23 PM

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. Supreme Court steered clear of the nation’s fractious abortion debate, refusing to consider Alabama’s effort to ban the most common method used for women in their second trimester of pregnancy.

The state was seeking to revive a ban on a method, known as dilation and evacuation, that involves dismembering the fetus and then removing it from the uterus. Alabama called the procedure a “particularly gruesome type of abortion” that states have the power to prohibit.

It’s the second time in recent weeks the Supreme Court has passed on a chance to add an abortion case to its 2019-2020 calendar. In May the court turned away Indiana’s bid to bar abortions based on a fetus’s race or gender or the risk of a genetic disorder. Still, the justices did uphold a separate Indiana law requiring clinics to bury or cremate fetal remains.

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