Roy Moore files brief in Supreme Court
Roy Moore Files Abortion Brief
The Associated Press
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and the
Foundation for Moral Law filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court
on Monday, arguing that there is no constitutional right to an
Moore and the foundation made the argument in a "friend of the
court" brief filed in connection with a challenge to a 2003
federal law banning a type of abortion that critics call "partial
Moore, who helped start the foundation, argued that the equal
protection clause of the 14th Amendment gives Congress the
authority to ban a type of abortion. But Moore went further,
arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court was wrong in 1973 when it
ruled women have a right to abortions. He argued that no
constitutional right exists.
"The courts have a duty to protect life - not take it," Moore said
The filing of the brief comes two weeks before Moore faces Gov.
Bob Riley in the Republican primary for governor on June 6.
The U.S. Supreme Court justices will hear arguments in the
abortion case this fall, as voters are preparing for important
state and congressional elections.
Congress passed the law in 2003 to prohibit the type of abortion,
generally carried out in the second or third trimester, in which a
fetus is partially removed from the womb and its skull punctured
or crushed. The law was never put into effect because judges in
California, Nebraska and New York ruled against it.