Court backs abortion procedure ban

first_imgThe ruling sets the stage for additional restrictions on a woman’s right to choose. The court’s liberal justices, in dissent, called the decision alarming and said it chipped away at abortion rights. The 2003 law does not violate a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, Kennedy said. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas also were in the majority. The law is constitutional despite not containing an exception that would allow the procedure if needed to preserve a woman’s health, Kennedy said. “The law need not give abortion doctors unfettered choice in the course of their medical practice,” he wrote in the majority opinion. Doctors who violate the law could face up to two years in federal prison. The law had not taken effect, pending the outcome of the legal fight. WASHINGTON – Bitterly divided most of the time, both sides in the abortion debate agreed on one thing Wednesday: Elections and Supreme Court nominees matter. President Bush’s two appointees, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, were part of the 5-4 majority that upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act and gave abortion foes the landmark victory they had been hoping for from the newly conservative court. Gone from the court was Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, her place taken last year by Alito. She had been in a 5-4 majority that struck down a state law banning the controversial abortion procedure seven years ago. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who penned an impassioned dissent in that case, wrote Wednesday’s opinion for a conservative majority allowing the first nationwide ban on an abortion procedure since the the Roe v. Wade decision upholding abortion rights in 1973. In dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the ruling “cannot be understood as anything other than an effort to chip away at a right declared again and again by this court.” Dr. LeRoy Carhart, the Bellevue, Neb., doctor who challenged the federal ban, said, “I am afraid the Supreme Court has just opened the door to an all-out assault on” the 1973 ruling in Roe. Wade. The administration defended the law as drawing a bright line between abortion and infanticide. Reacting to the ruling, Bush said that it affirms the progress his administration has made to defend the “sanctity of life.” “I am pleased that the Supreme Court has upheld a law that prohibits the abhorrent procedure of partial birth abortion,” he said. “Today’s decision affirms that the Constitution does not stand in the way of the people’s representatives enacting laws reflecting the compassion and humanity of America.” It was the first time the court banned a specific procedure in a case over how – not whether – to perform an abortion. Abortion rights groups as well as the leading association of obstetricians and gynecologists have said the procedure sometimes is the safest for a woman. They also said that such a ruling could threaten most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, although Kennedy said alternate, more widely used procedures remain legal. The outcome is likely to spur efforts at the state level to place more restrictions on abortions. “I applaud the Court for its ruling today, and my hope is that it sets the stage for further progress in the fight to ensure our nation’s laws respect the sanctity of unborn human life,” said Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, Republican leader in the House of Representatives. Jay Sekulow, a prominent abortion opponent who is chief counsel for the conservative American Center for Law and Justice, said, “This is the most monumental win on the abortion issue that we have ever had.” Said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights: “The impact of Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement is painfully clear … The court has now kicked open the door for states to impose broader restrictions on access to abortions.” More than 1 million abortions are performed in the United States each year, according to recent statistics. Nearly 90 percent of those occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and are not affected by Wednesday’s ruling. The Guttmacher Institute says 2,200 dilation and extraction procedures – the medical term most often used by doctors – were performed in 2000, the latest figures available. Six federal courts have said the law that was in focus Wednesday is an impermissible restriction on a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. “Today’s decision is alarming,” Ginsburg wrote in dissent for the court’s liberal bloc. She said the ruling “refuses to take … seriously” previous Supreme Court decisions on abortion. Ginsburg said the latest decision “tolerates, indeed applauds, federal intervention to ban nationwide a procedure found necessary and proper in certain cases by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.” Ginsburg said that for the first time since the court established a woman’s right to an abortion in 1973, “the court blesses a prohibition with no exception safeguarding a woman’s health.” She was joined by Justices Stephen Breyer, David Souter and John Paul Stevens. The procedure at issue involves partially removing the fetus intact from a woman’s uterus, then crushing or cutting its skull to complete the abortion.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Joined churches mark five decades of service

first_imgCANOGA PARK – Proud to say, “This is your grandmother’s church,” Faith Lutheran Church will mark 50 years of spiritual and outreach ministry on Sunday with a special service and celebration. The congregation is actually celebrating the longevity of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Resurrection on DeSoto Avenue and Epiphany Lutheran Church on Topanga Canyon Boulevard, which combined in 2000 to become Faith Lutheran Church. Faith Lutheran owns both locations, with Sunday services held at the DeSoto Avenue address. Weddings and other special events are held at what is now known as The Garden Chapel on Topanga Canyon Boulevard. “We’ve been successful for 50 years because of the members; the people are friendly and caring,” said Ethel Elliott, originally a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church. “I’ve been a Lutheran all my life. If you ever need support from people, well, I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t go to church.” The church supports local food pantries, Habitat for Humanity projects and Lutheran Social Services; hosts the annual Valley Interfaith Council “Gandhi Day” in September; and has begun a Las Posadas Christmas tradition. The congregation even had a float in Canoga Park’s annual Memorial Day parade. “It’s not just getting together and praying and go; when the service stops, the ‘service’ begins,” said Ellen Harrison, a church member for a year and a half. “I’ve always been an activist, and everyone here is active. This is the first time I can express myself and my religion in the same way.” Harrison, the director of the preschool Tutor Time in Woodland Hills, was also impressed by Christiansen. “His openness to other religions and his stance on peace are some things I like,” Harrison said. “There’s a legacy there that gives strength. This church gives you a 50-year home. It’s a great testimonial.” The Rev. Wayne R. Christiansen will deliver the message at the 9 a.m. Sunday service at Faith Lutheran Church, 7500 DeSoto Ave., Canoga Park. The 50th anniversary celebration will begin with a service at 1 p.m. with guest speaker Bishop Dean Nelson. The service will be followed from 2 to 6 p.m. by Oktoberfest, with Bavarian music, dancing and games and foods. Call (818) 348-4266. Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Elliott is a shining example of Faith Lutheran Church’s faithful members, who their pastor, the Rev. Wayne R. Christiansen, lauds for their energy and spirit. “I think there’s a lot to be said for ‘Grandma’s church,’ said Christiansen, who has been the senior pastor at Faith Lutheran for five years. “You’ll meet some real treasures here. It’s a place to raise a family and grow old with your friends. “You can get the healing and be a part of a family. This church has been a wonderful resource for teaching children the secrets of life.” While the congregation would like to see an increase in membership, Christiansen said he takes heart in knowing that the early Christian experience was to be found in small community fellowships. He’s proud of his “classic model” congregation whose members don’t shirk from community activism. Members of the church quilting group, like Elliott, sew quilts that are donated to Lutheran Social Services on a yearly basis. Their quilts have gone around the world, including Afghanistan and, this year, to hurricane survivors. The group also makes baby quilts that are donated to neonatal units at local hospitals. last_img read more

Messi reaches 100 European goals

first_imgLionel Messi Messi reaches 100 European goals with Olympiakos beauty Goal Last updated 2 years ago 04:25 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(32) Lionel Messi Paulinho Sergio Busquets Barcelona Lluis Gene Lionel Messi Barcelona Barcelona v Olympiakos Piraeus Olympiakos Piraeus UEFA Champions League The Argentine reached his century and also closed in on 100 in the Champions League alone with a fine display to take down Wednesday’s opponents Lionel Messi reached 100 goals in European competition with a stunning free-kick to put Barcelona closer to victory against Olympiakos. The Argentine wizard curled home just over an hour into Wednesday’s Champions League clash, sending his club 2-0 up despite having been reduced to 10 men after Gerard Pique’s red card. Messi 13/10 first scorer v Malaga Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lucas Digne struck shortly afterwards to extend the advantage for Ernesto Valverde’s men, but all eyes were on Messi as he reached an historic century of goals. 100 – Lionel Messi has scored his 100th goal in European competition (97 in #UCL , 3 in UEFA Super Cup). Landmark. pic.twitter.com/VqLZuVsLGk — OptaJose (@OptaJose) 18 de octubre de 2017 Messi becomes only the second player to attain the milestone after Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored a total of 113 in all European club competitions. The Real Madrid star also boasts 110 in the Champions League alone, against Messi’s 97, although he has also played 143 games compared to Leo’s 118 (excluding qualifiers).last_img read more