BX pro-choice and anti-abortion activists debate late-term abortion ban
Pro-choice and anti-abortion activists from the Bronx speak out on Bush's signing of the late-term abortion law.
On Wednesday, President Bush signed into law the banning of late-term abortions. But immediately after the president's decision, federal judges from New York and California blocked its enforcement so that legal challenges could go forward.
The signing of the law and the decision by federal judges to block it has left pro-choice and pro-life groups in a heated debate. Miriam Gerace, of Planned Parenthood in NYC, says every woman should have the right to make her own choice about her body.
But that's not how pro-life activists see it. Chris Slattery, of the Expectant Mother Care Clinic, says late-term abortion is one of the most barbaric procedures in human history.
Plant Parenthood's Gerace also says the ban does not take into consideration a woman's need to terminate a pregnancy late because of health risks. Slattery disagrees and says most abortions are performed for social reasons not because of the mother's health.
Until legal hearings on the law's constitutionality are heard, enforcement of the ban is not likely.