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Congressman Tom Cole Votes to Ban Partial-Birth Abortion

October 2, 2003
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Tom Cole voted today on the House-Senate conference agreement on the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 that passed in the House, 281-142. Congressman Cole is a co-sponsor of the legislation that passed in the House on June 4, 2003.

“Partial-birth abortion is a grotesque procedure that has no place in legitimate medical practices,” Congressman Tom Cole. “This bill is based on testimony from medical experts who believe partial-birth abortions pose serious risks to the health of a woman undergoing the procedure. It also addresses constitutional concerns by clearly defining what particular procedure this ban prohibits.”

The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban stipulates that an abortionist who violates this law will be subject to fines and a maximum of two years in prison. The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act would prohibit the performance of a partial-birth abortion except when "necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself."

"I am pleased to be able to vote for legislation that will for the first time go to a President who will happily sign the legislation to prohibit this barbaric procedure," Congressman Tom Cole said.

The United States Congress voted to ban partial-birth abortions during the 104th, 105th, and 106th Congresses and at least 27 states enacted bans on the procedure. However, the two Federal bans that reached President Clinton's desk were promptly vetoed.

The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 must pass in the Senate before it can be sent to President Bush for his signature.