Abortion doctor not "sympathetic" enough for courts

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October 15th, 2010

By Fred Knapp, NET News

As Nebraska’s new law barring abortions late in pregnancy takes effect, a legal battle may still be brewing.

Previously, abortion laws have been challenged before they took effect. That didn’t happen with the law that takes effect in Nebraska Friday, Oct. 15. Julie Schmit Albin of Nebraska Right to Life said she thinks that has to do with Dr. LeRoy Carhart, who performs late-in-pregnancy abortions in Bellevue.

“If I’m an abortion advocate, and I’m a legal mind for the abortion industry, I’m looking at Leroy Carhart and saying, “I don’t want to go to the Supreme Court with him as my plaintiff. I want somebody that’s a lot more sympathetic in the eyes of the American public.”

Carhart was not available to comment. But Janet Crepps, a lawyer with the Center for Reproductive Rights, which has represented him in the past, said it shouldn’t make any difference to the Supreme Court who the plaintiff is. “But this is also a battle for public opinion. And it’s important for the public, everybody to understand the impact of this law on women and their families, and how each woman’s circumstances are different,” she said. “And we need to leave that decision to the woman and her family and her doctor.”

Crepps declined to say if her organization will challenge the law.

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