Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court Plaintiff Files Partial-Birth Abortion Brief

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 3, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 3
, 2006

Washington, DC ( — The woman at the center of one of the two original abortion cases at the Supreme Court has filed a legal brief asking the nation’s top court to uphold a Congressional ban on partial-birth abortions. Sandra Cano, who was the “Mary Doe” of Doe v. Bolton, is joined in the brief by 180 women who had abortions and regret their decision.

On November 8, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in Gonzalez v. Carhart, the partial birth abortion case.

The Doe case is the companion to the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortions and it essentially allowed abortions in most cases throughout pregnancy.

Cano never sought an abortion but had her divorce and custody lawsuit turned into a quest for legalized abortions but manipulative pro-abortion attorneys.

“I never wanted or sought an abortion," Cano said in a statement provided to

"I desire with all of my heart to see the Supreme Court reverse Roe v. Wade and my own case, Doe v. Bolton," she added.

Cano is now represented by the Justice Foundation, a Texas-based pro-life law firm that has helped coordinate the efforts of women who regret their abortions through an outreach called Operation Outcry.

The amicus brief the firm filed has the unique perspective of 180 women hurt by abortion showing the many devastating effects of abortion on women and that abortion endangers “their physical, emotional, and psychological health.

"My late-term abortion had a devastating affect on my emotional well-being," Rhonda Arias of Texas says.

"But nothing could have prepared me for the psychological trauma that followed," Arias added. "The minute the abortion was over, I felt the emptiness of the loss of MY baby. I didn’t really want the abortion. What I really wanted was help in becoming a parent."

Kathy Rutledge of Lexington, Kentucky, agrees.

"The lasting trauma associated with a horrific procedure such as partial-birth abortion completely overshadows any short-term relief that a woman may feel for terminating her unplanned pregnancy," she said.

Because abortion hurts women, the Justice Foundation contends, the partial-birth abortion ban should be upheld.

"For those of us who have been hurt by abortion, we owe it to other women to save them from this tragedy," Rutledge explained.

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