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Supremes on womb control, religious freedom

A weird Supreme Court news day. First, the big story that folks are talking about most — the fact that late-term abortions are back on the table. The battle to control the wombs of America is in full swing, and Alito stands to be the deciding vote on the matter.

The Supreme Court said Tuesday it would consider reinstating a federal ban on what opponents call partial-birth abortion, pulling the contentious issue back to the high court on conservative Justice Samuel Alito’s first day.

…It is the first time the court has considered a federal restriction on abortion, and conservatives said they expect the membership change to affect the outcome.

“This is the frontline abortion case in the country,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the conservative American Center for Law and Justice, who represents members of Congress in the case.

…Abortion rights groups were worried, however, that the new court could make it easier for legislators to limit women’s access to abortions.

“Today’s action means the core principle of protecting women’s health as guaranteed by Roe v. Wade is in clear and present danger,” said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

We all knew this was coming, including the f*cktard lazy Dems who didn’t put up a real fight or have a game plan for the Alito nomination. We’ll be paying the price for that bit of business for decades.

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Moving along, I’m wondering if the Bushies would have been fighting so hard over a TEABAG if a fundie winger church was on the other side of the argument. This is the first religious freedom decision under Chief Justice John Roberts. (AP):

“This is a very important decision for minority religious freedom in this country,” said lawyer John Boyd, who represents about 130 U.S. members of O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal who live in New Mexico, California and Colorado.

The tea, which contains an illegal drug known as DMT, is considered sacred to members of the sect, which has a blend of Christian beliefs and South American traditions. Members believe they can understand God only by drinking the tea, which is consumed twice a month at four-hour ceremonies.

A trial judge found the government’s evidence that the drug is harmful was equal in weight to information provided by the sect that said its method of use in tea is not.

Roberts, in writing the opinion for the court, said the government had failed to prove that federal drug laws should outweigh the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which Congress passed in 1993 to prohibit burdening a person’s exercise of religion.

…The Bush administration had argued that the drug in the tea not only violates a federal narcotics law but a treaty in which the United States promised to block the importation of drugs including dimethyltryptamine, also known as DMT.

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