By MARK STARK, Associated Press article A federal appeals court has approved a $3 billion abortion-restrictive law that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 7-2 Monday to overturn a lower court’s ruling that the law violates the Constitution’s protection of abortion rights.
The U.K. Supreme Court struck down a similar provision in October that would have made it easier for women to obtain an abortion.
The justices rejected arguments by opponents that the measure violates women’s constitutional rights to privacy and equal protection under the law.
The ruling upholds the court’s decision.
The U.N. estimates that there are more than 100 million abortions annually worldwide.
The law has been widely condemned as unnecessary, a slippery slope that would restrict abortion access for millions of women.
It was opposed by both the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates.
Republicans in the Senate and House are expected to try to override the 4th Circuit’s ruling, but Democrats have shown little appetite for a showdown over abortion restrictions.