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Partial Birth Abortion Ban

TRI-CITIES, Wash. - The United States Supreme Court has upheld a nationwide ban on the controversial partial birth abortion procedure.

Planned Parenthood and pro-choice groups across the country are outraged by the decision and are calling this a dark day for women.

Under the new ruling, women can no longer receive a late term abortion procedure where a fetus is aborted after being partially delivered.  

Medical officials report that the majority of late term abortions are done by the partial birth abortion procedure.

Planned parenthood Marketing Manager for the Tri-Cities, Jennifer Aalgaard said, "Today's ruling shows utter disregard for women's health and safety.   It has said to women all across the nation that politics, not doctors will make those decisions for them."

Wednesday President Bush said he was glad the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in favor of upholding the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act that congress passed and the President signed into law in 2003.   

The Supreme Court does not feel the ruling violates a woman's right to an abortion but other pro-choice groups think it is just the beginning of politicians taking away certain rights and making ethical decisions for the American people.

Planned Parenthood representatives said abortions are only preformed within the first 13.6 weeks of pregnancy in the Tri-Cities and that 90 percent of all abortions will not be affected by the ruling but the decision has upset many people.

Aalgaard said, "We are afraid this will have a domino affect on anti-abortion legislation throughout the country."

Over 1 million abortions are performed every year in the United States and this is the first time the court has ever banned a particular abortion procedure.  There was a pro-choice rally in Seattle Wednesday evening.