What: All Issues : Family Planning : Abortion : HR 4965. Ban on "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions/Final Passage of a Bill to Restrict Abortion Rights By Banning "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions. (2002 house Roll Call 343)
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HR 4965. Ban on "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions/Final Passage of a Bill to Restrict Abortion Rights By Banning "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions.
house Roll Call 343     Jul 24, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision prevented most restrictions on a woman's access to abortion. In an attempt to ban as much as possible within the confines of the decision, Republicans focused on a procedure that they called "partial birth" abortion and physicians called "intact dilation and extraction." This type of abortion was used to protect the health of the mother once the pregnancy had passed a certain point. Republicans proposed a ban on dilation and extraction abortions that made an exception only for the life of the mother, not her health, and potentially banned abortions of fetuses that were not viable outside the womb and so could not be considered "alive" according to precedents handed down by Supreme Court. For these reasons, Progressives argued the ban was unconstitutional. They opposed the ban, not simply because they believed in a woman's right to choose, but because it seemed foolish to them to pass a law that would only be struck down by the Supreme Court. The voted "no," but the ban passed 274-151.

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