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Supreme Court Strikes Down Controversial Nebraska Abortion Law

Aired June 28, 2000 - 1:33 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: While the Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez and the Cuban community in Little Havana is angered over the Supreme Court decision on Elian Gonzalez today, there is also likely some anger in the antiabortion activist camp today over a couple of rulings, important rulings, by the Supreme Court, one restricting abortion protests and another to strike down the Nebraska law banning the so-called "partial-birth" abortions.

With the story, CNN's man at the Supreme Court, Charles Bierbauer.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

CHARLES BIERBAUER, CNN SR. WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The words "partial-birth abortion" are a highly politicized description, not a distinct medical procedure. What the statute Nebraska passed in 1997 would have banned is in dispute.

DON STENBERG, NEBRASKA ATTORNEY GENERAL: What it says specifically is that it's illegal for an abortionist to deliver all or a substantial portion of an unborn child into the Vagina and then perform a procedure that is intended to kill and does kill the unborn child.

BIERBAUER: Dr. Carhart says the ban is vague enough to prohibit many procedures.

DR. CARHART, ABORTION PROVIDER: It would criminalize over 98 percent of the abortions performed in Nebraska today.

BIERBAUER: In 1973, the Supreme Court assured a woman's right to abortion in its landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

PROTESTER: Babies never choose to die.

BIERBAUER: In 1992's Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the court reassured women they had not lost that right but allowed some state limits.

STENBERG: As long as, in regulating, they do not impose what the court has called an "undue burden" on the woman's right to have an abortion.

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