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.
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