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ADL Welcomes Supreme Court Decision Against Nebraska Abortion Law

New York, NY, June 28, 2000 ÖThe Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the U.S. Supreme Courtís decision to strike down a controversial abortion law in Nebraska.

"The Supreme Courtís decision strongly affirms that women have a right to make their own reproductive choices," said Howard P. Berkowitz, ADL National Chairman, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Once again, the court has rejected sweeping restrictions which anti-abortion activists have invoked in their attempt to chip away at the constitutional rights of Americans.

"The courtís decision affirms our belief that the government should not interfere in matters of individual conscience. In a country of varied religious and personal beliefs, the Constitution clearly mandates that the government should not pick sides and impose one view on all citizens."

The Nebraska law placed a ban on so-called "partial-birth abortions." In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled the lawís ban on abortions was overly broad because it imposed an "undue burden" on a womanís decision to end her pregnancy.

ADL, along with 53 other organizations, filed an amicus curiae or "friend of the court" brief which said the Nebraska law unconstitutionally interfered in matters of individual choice and religious significance and impermissibly advocated certain beliefs over others.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.



 
 
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