November 8, 2006

Other big issues

While there is tons of big news issues already, the Supreme Court had hearings today on the constitutionality of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. SCOTUS Blog reassures us that the key swing vote on the court will strike the law down:

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, proceeding calmly, cautiously and analytically, left the clear impression on Wednesday that his vote may be available to strike down Congress' first attempt to impose a nationwide ban on an abortion procedure -- even though the procedure at issue is one that Kennedy has suggested is morally repugnant. In two hours of argument on abortion procedures, overwhelmingly dominated by analysis of medical procedures and barely touching basic separation-of-powers questions, Kennedy dropped suggestive hints one after the other that he is troubled by what Congress attempted in the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. [Emphasis added]