The controversial subject of partial-birth abortion returns to the fore
today when the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in two cases challenging a ban adopted by Congress in 2003.
In 1998, Washington voters solidly defeated Initiative 694, which would have banned late-term abortions in this state. The News Tribune editorially opposed the initiative.
Here’s a good Los Angeles Times article framing the issue before the court. An in-depth look at arguments from the National Right to Life Committee can be found here, and the National Abortiion Rights Action League website presents the other view.
The News Tribune’s editorial board generally regards abortion as a matter for a woman and her doctor to decide, but we’re not absolutist about it. Some board members, for example, might support parental notification requirements. We’d have a good debate about that if it ever came up here, but that’s not likely to happen in the state’s current political environment.