November 1, 2007
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing arguments over Virginia's ban on late-term abortions.
The U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to Richmond shortly after justices upheld the federal ban on the procedure, which anti-abortion activists call "partial-birth abortion."
The court ruled the law unconstitutional two years ago, saying the 2003 law passed by the Virginia General Assembly lacks an exception to protect a woman's health.
The Center for Reproductive Rights challenged the law that bans a procedure generally performed in the second or third trimester in which a fetus is partially delivered before being killed.
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