What: All Issues : Family Planning : Abortion : H.R. 760. Ban on "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Restrict Abortion Rights By Banning "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions. (2003 house Roll Call 241)
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H.R. 760. 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 241     Jun 04, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

The issue of abortion incites strong and polarized preferences among lawmakers and the public to a degree that is not present in most other areas of public policy. In a effort to find middle ground on legislation which would ban a medical procedure known as a late-term abortion, Congresswoman Baldwin (D-WI) offered a motion to recommit the measure to committee with instructions to add a provision which would have allowed late-term abortions if a doctor determines that the procedure is medically necessary to preserve the health or life of the mother. (The motion to recommit is one of the few procedural prerogatives afforded to opponents of legislation; if successful, the motion sends a bill back to committee, is usually accompanied with specific instructions to amend the bill, and is often a deathblow to the legislation.) Progressives voted in favor of the motion to recommit as a way to prevent an outright ban on late-term abortions as specified in the GOP-bill; in the view of Progressives, provisions in the Baldwin amendment which allow a mother's doctor to determine whether an abortion is necessary would help to insure that late-term abortions are still available and legal for women. The motion to recommit was defeated by a 165-256 vote margin.

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