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2006-01-31 18:15:43

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two appeals courts ruled against the federal ban on partial-birth abortions on Tuesday, calling the 2003 law unconstitutional because it fails to make an exception for the health of the mother. The rulings from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York and the 9th Circuit in San Francisco were setbacks to abortion foes. The decisions could be appealed to the Supreme Court, which has two new justices recently appointed by President Bush. The San...

2006-01-31 14:55:28

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court in California on Tuesday said the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act is unconstitutional and upheld an injunction barring its enforcement. The decision marked the second time a U.S. appeals court has found the federal law was unconstitutional. The Bush administration has appealed a similar decision by the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in St. Louis, to the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court has not yet acted on the...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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