Friday, July 25 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:20:56 GMT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - New federal data show at least 350 children caught at the U.S. border this year have been sent to stay with relatives or other sponsors in South Carolina. They are among more thanMore >>
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Thursday, July 24 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:50:46 GMT
A 27-year-old Camden woman has been arrested in connection with a gang-related homicide that took place in California last year.Kershaw County Sheriff's Office investigators, and detectives from the Oceanside,More >>
A 27-year-old Camden woman has been arrested in connection with a gang-related homicide that took place in California last year.More >>
SAN FRANCISCO (AP/CBS5) -
A federal court in San Francisco has struck down Arizona's ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy unless there's a medical emergency.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the law violates a string of U.S. Supreme Court rulings starting with Roe v. Wade that guarantees a woman's right to an abortion before a fetus is able to survive outside the womb. That's generally considered to be about 24 weeks. Normal pregnancies run about 40 weeks.
Several states have enacted similar bans starting at 20 weeks. But the 9th Circuit's ruling is binding only in the nine Western states under the court's jurisdiction. Idaho is the only other Western state covered by the 9th Circuit with a similar ban.
"This ruling is not surprising nor am I discouraged at the prospects of this important law ultimately being upheld," said Cathi Herrod, president of Center for Arizona Policy. "The 9th Circuit Court is historically one of the most overturned appellate courts in the nation. Based on the facts of this case, I am confident that this Court will be overturned once again."
On July 30, 2012, Federal District Court Judge James Teilborg upheld the constitutionality of the law based on the significant risks that abortion presents to the health and safety of the mother, the Center for Arizona Policy said. Judge Teilborg also upheld the law because of the scientific data that proves preborn children can feel pain in the womb at this age, the center said.
In its ruling today, the Court disregarded this evidence, the center said.
"The Court put a pro-abortion ideology before the health and safety of women and preborn children," Herrod said. "The Court held to the vague standard that abortions can only be limited based on whether the child is viable, even though they confessed viability is not a 'fixed' point."
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery issued the following statement:
"The ruling is disappointing in that it permits the Kermit Gosnells of the country to continue their grisly operations under legal protection while denying Arizona the ability to protect expectant mothers and their children in the womb.
"While the Ninth Circuit Opinion states its reliance on current United States Supreme Court precedent, the Opinion fails to acknowledge that the collision course Justice O'Connor noted Roe was on is coming to the point of impact. Likewise, the Opinion did not fairly address the fact that current maternal and fetal medical evidence has pushed viability past the tipping point where the balance of interests is now in favor of states' protecting mothers and babies.
"Nonetheless, the Opinion provides the United States Supreme Court with the opportunity to recognize advances in maternal and fetal medicine far from the day on which Roe v. Wade was originally decided. Judge Kleinfeld's concurrence underscores the irrational line of 'viability' as a standard that can permit the destruction of a child one week or be the reason for charging the murder of another child the next week.
"Given the compelling and important interest Arizona has in protecting the health and well-being of expectant mothers from the dangers of abortions after 20 weeks and to protect children in the womb from needless and horrific imposition of pain, we will seek review from the United States Supreme Court. If the 9th Circuit cannot permit Arizona to act because of Supreme Court precedent, then the Supreme Court must change that precedent."
Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.
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Friday, July 25 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:01:12 GMT
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Thursday, July 24 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:02:17 GMT
Columbia's former Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago says he has been to the Malaysia Airlines crash site in Ukraine. Santiago is currently working in Europe for a private security company.He told WISMore >>
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Friday, July 25 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:03:21 GMT
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says three people have been exposed to rabies by a cat in Kershaw County. The three people were given preventative treatment by healthMore >>
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says three people have been exposed to rabies by a cat in Kershaw County.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:46:44 GMT
The Richland County Sheriff's Department is on the scene of a double-homicide in the Olympic community.Spokesperson Curtis Wilson says two people are dead at a home on Kentucky Street. He was not ableMore >>
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Friday, July 25 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:34:30 GMT
A fatal accident and hazardous materials spill has a portion of Interstate 26 in Orangeburg closed.According to the South Carolina Department of Transportation, the incident happened in the eastbound lanesMore >>
A fatal accident and hazardous materials spill has a portion of Interstate 26 in Orangeburg closed.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:33:11 GMT
A woman was attacked Thursday night on Two Notch Road in what investigators are calling an attempted kidnapping. The woman was able to fight off the attackers and escape, according to Lt. Curtis WilsonMore >>
A woman was attacked Thursday night on Two Notch Road in what investigators are calling an attempted kidnapping.More >>