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Yesterday, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. Immediately, politicians weighed in with their reactions, including two notable presidential wannabes from our area. Senator Hillary Clinton calling it a "dramatic departure from Supreme Court rulings that upheld a woman's right to choose" while former mayor Rudy Giuliani said the Supreme court came to the "correct conclusion." Which the Daily News points out is a reversal from his 2000 position, when he opposed a partial-birth abortion ban.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn issued a statement about the decision. Here's the first paragraph, via the Empire Zone:

Today is a dark day for women’s health. In upholding the Federal Abortion Ban case, the United States Supreme Court has affirmed the Bush Administration’s efforts to criminalize abortions in the second trimester of pregnancy and is moving toward stripping away the protections established in Roe vs. Wade. In making this decision, the United States Supreme Court has taken a giant step backwards in a woman’s right to choose and to have control over her own body.

Speaker Quinn spoke at a Union Square rally yesterday, where Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer also appeared.

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