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Partial Birth Abortion Ban Passes. First Ban On Abortion Since Roe.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 5, 2003

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed HR 760, The Partial Birth Abortion Act of 2003 by an overwhelming 282-139 vote.  President Bush has promised to sign it.  Nevada Congressmen Jim Gibbons and John Porter voted for the ban.  Congresswoman Berkley is the only Nevada legislator in the House and Senate to oppose the ban. 

These are the first abortions banned since Roe v. Wade.  This is a huge victory for unborn children and the right to life movement.  More legislation will be passed this year including the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, also known as the Lacy and Connor Peterson Law. 

Planned Parenthood, which has earned over a billion dollars on abortion, and other abortion advocacy groups have vowed to file suit.  In its 2000 Stenberg decision, the United States Supreme Court struck down partial birth abortion laws in 30 states.  The Court said that a Nebraska partial birth abortion statute was too vague.  The description could be used to prosecute abortionists for other abortion techniques, especially the dilation and extraction technique (D&E).  A D & E abortion dismembers living and conscious second and third trimester unborn children in the womb.  Death comes many minutes after the D & E procedure begins.  The court also said that the Nebraska law did not contain a health of the mother exception.  A careful reading of the case shows that the court did not mean an exception based on the risk the unborn presents to the mother, but the risk to the mother of choosing another abortion procedure, indicating that other procedures like D & E are not in fact safe.

The language in the ban passed by the House and the Senate is sufficient to pass the courts objections.  The ban argues that partial birth abortion is never medically necessary and is in fact a danger to women.  It also defines partial birth abortion in a way that is hard to mistake for it any other procedure.

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