Infanticide in Virginia
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
What happens when a court constitutionalizes infanticide? We ask the question because a federal appeals court in Virginia appears to have done just that.
In a contentious 2-1 decision last week that places Virginia in the hot seat of the abortion debate, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond threw out Virginia's partial-birth abortion ban, sanctioning the actions of an abortionist plaintiff who crushes the heads and dismembers the arms and legs of infants as they emerge from the womb. The law the court struck down was similar to the partial-birth abortion ban Congress passed in 2003 and was one of the most reasonable attempts by a state legislature anywhere to end this barbaric procedure. But the court blocked it, thus giving its approval to a practice a large majority of Americans rightly regard as murder.
Unlike a much-discussed Nebraska bill that would have prohibited a number of abortion procedures, this Virginia law focused narrowly on protecting the infant itself as it is being delivered. It allowed several procedures that the Nebraska law would have banned and made an exception for cases where the mother's life is at risk. None of that stopped the court from ruling that the law's clause to protect the life of mothers was inadequate.
The "infanticide" claim doesn't originate with us; it comes from Judge Paul V. …