The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a ban on so-called
partial birth abortions is a disgraceful and deadly infringement
of a woman’s right to her life and liberty.
Neither Congress nor the Supreme Court has any business determining
what procedures are medically appropriate in performing abortions.
Doctors, not politicians or judges, should make this determination,
and women should be free to consider and accept their doctors’ advice.
An individual’s right to life and liberty includes a woman’s
right to end her pregnancy—and to do it by whatever medical
procedure she believes will lessen the risks to her health and
The precedent set by this Supreme Court’s decision has
established that the right of a woman to an abortion is not absolute,
even if her health is at risk. And that violation of individual
rights is a very, very dangerous precedent.
Ayn Rand Institute