Abortion Procedure Ban

SUPREME COURT (AP) -- A top congressional Republican says he applauds the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold a nationwide ban on a controversial abortion procedure.

Ohio's John Boehner says he hopes the decision will lead to what he calls "further progress" in ensuring that the country's laws "respect the sanctity of unborn human life."

But Planned Parenthood says the ruling "flies in the face" of three decades of Supreme Court precedent. The organization says the Supreme Court is telling women that politicians, not doctors, will make their health-care decisions.

The ruling says the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act doesn't infringe on a woman's constitutional right to have an abortion.

But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg calls the decision "alarming" in her dissent. She says the ruling "applauds" a ban on a procedure that health-care experts find necessary in some cases.

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