What: All Issues : Family Planning : Abortion : HR 4965. Ban on "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Restrict Abortion Rights By Banning "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions.
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HR 4965. Ban on "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Restrict Abortion Rights By Banning "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions.
house Roll Call 340     Jul 24, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Republicans had long sought to ban a rare procedure they called "partial birth" abortion. Physicians called this procedure "intact dilation and extraction," and used it to protect the health of the mother when the abortion was performed past a certain stage in the pregnancy. When Republicans in the House proposed banning the procedure, pro-choice members-including Progressivesargued the ban was unconstitutional because it made no exception for the mother's health and could potentially ban abortions of fetuses that could not survive outside the womb. In the House, most bills come with a set of instructions for the conduct of debate that must be passed before the bill itself can be considered. This "rule" was unusually restrictive for the bill to ban dilation and extraction abortions. In an attempt to prevent pro-choice members from proposing exceptions for the health of the mother, the rule banned any amendments to the bill. Progressives would have opposed the rule one way or the other, but they were particularly angry at being closed out of the debate. Nonetheless, a number of antiabortion Democrats voted for the rule and it passed by a healthy margin 248-177.

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