ACLU Of Illinois Hails Court of Appeals' Decision Protecting Women's Health

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois

    CHICAGO, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Calling it a "triumph for women's
 health care," the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois today hailed a
 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  The Court of
 Appeals' per curiam decision left in place a lower court's 1998 decision
 preventing enforcement of the Illinois so-called "partial birth abortion"
 law.  The Court of Appeals also enjoined an identical Wisconsin law.
 Relying on the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2000 decision striking down a
 similar Nebraska law, the Court of Appeals held that law enforcement
 officials in Illinois and Wisconsin are forbidden from enforcing these
 Illinois and Wisconsin laws that criminalize the performance of safe and
 commonly used methods of abortion.
     Evidence presented in courts around the nation, including here
 in Illinois, demonstrates that the broad language of these laws would have
 imposed criminal penalties on physicians who provide the safest and most
 widely used methods of first and second trimester abortions prior to
 viability, such as the D & E method.
     Colleen K. Connell, Executive Director of the ACLU of Illinois
 which represented the physicians who challenged the Illinois law, praised
 today's decision as consistent with the Supreme Court's decisions and those
 of other federal appeals courts.  "Today's decision leaves physicians free
 to use their best medical judgment and provide the method of abortion most
 appropriate to safeguard the women's health."
 
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SOURCE American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois
    CHICAGO, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Calling it a "triumph for women's
 health care," the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois today hailed a
 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  The Court of
 Appeals' per curiam decision left in place a lower court's 1998 decision
 preventing enforcement of the Illinois so-called "partial birth abortion"
 law.  The Court of Appeals also enjoined an identical Wisconsin law.
 Relying on the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2000 decision striking down a
 similar Nebraska law, the Court of Appeals held that law enforcement
 officials in Illinois and Wisconsin are forbidden from enforcing these
 Illinois and Wisconsin laws that criminalize the performance of safe and
 commonly used methods of abortion.
     Evidence presented in courts around the nation, including here
 in Illinois, demonstrates that the broad language of these laws would have
 imposed criminal penalties on physicians who provide the safest and most
 widely used methods of first and second trimester abortions prior to
 viability, such as the D & E method.
     Colleen K. Connell, Executive Director of the ACLU of Illinois
 which represented the physicians who challenged the Illinois law, praised
 today's decision as consistent with the Supreme Court's decisions and those
 of other federal appeals courts.  "Today's decision leaves physicians free
 to use their best medical judgment and provide the method of abortion most
 appropriate to safeguard the women's health."
 
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