What: All Issues : Family Planning : Abortion : HR 4965. Ban on "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Restrict Abortion Rights By Banning "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions. (2002 house Roll Call 342)
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HR 4965. Ban on "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Restrict Abortion Rights By Banning "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions.
house Roll Call 342     Jul 24, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Republicans wanted to restrict access to abortion as much as the constitution would permit, so they proposed a bill to ban "intact dilation and extraction" abortions. Republicans called these "partial birth" abortions, but they were performed in rare cases when the health of the mother was in question but the pregnancy had passed a certain point. Progressives argued that this ban still ran afoul of constitutional restrictions because it made no exception for the health of the mother. To try to add such an exemption, Baldwin (D-WI) moved to recommit (send back) the bill to its committee with instructions that a health exception be added. Progressives voted for this motion because they believed a health exception was essential, but it was rejected 187-241.

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