The bill "adds a very specific definition to mirror the federal definition of what partial-birth abortion
is," Hartog explained.
The timing of the poll, one month after the high court upheld a federal law making it illegal to conduct the late- term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth abortion
," raised questions about whether this high-profile decision played any role in the court's relatively anemic rating.
Justice Kennedy quotes medical testimony that graphically describes the horror of partial-birth abortion
: while the head was still inside the uterus, "the baby's little fingers were clasping and unclasping, and his little feet were kicking.
As a strategy, partial-birth abortion
has been one of the most effective education tools of the pro-life movement.
Supreme Court ruling to uphold the 2003 congressional ban on so-called "partial-birth abortions
" is no doubt its most significant decision regarding a woman's right to choose since the Roe v.
A 2003 ban on partial-birth abortions
, supported by President Bush, never went into effect since a Supreme Court ruling says that all abortion laws must contain provisions to "protect a women's health." When the 2003 ban is looked at by the Supreme Court this year, there will be several new faces with a more traditional bent to study the issue.
The term "partial-birth abortion
" is a political invention of abortion opponents that has ``little if any medical significance,'' Hamilton wrote.
Section [section] 1531(b) defines the term "partial-birth abortion
" (3) and extends coverage of the prohibition to any "individual" who performs a partial-birth abortion
, regardless of whether that person is a licensed medical practitioner.
Canady, then chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution (he is a Jeb Bush-appointed district court judge in Florida), now introduced the Partial-Birth Abortion
Ban Act of 1995, and held a hearing on the bill in his subcommittee the very next day.
"In this meeting, President Bush gallantly declared that his administration would put all of its resources behind the partial-birth abortion
ban in the courtroom," Falwell said in his e-mail.
Since 1995 thirty-one states have enacted bans on "partial-birth abortion
." Because the broad language criminalizes commonly used safe procedures and thus interferes with a woman's right to choose, and because of the lack of a health exception, the bans were overturned in twenty-one states and struck down by the Supreme Court in Carhart.
Did The New York Times and USA Today censor a pro-life group's opposition to partial-birth abortion
last month or was the newspapers' rejection of an ad from the conservative Focus on the Family an exercise in policing offensive material?