What: All Issues : Family Planning : Abortion : S. 3. Ban on "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions/Procedural Vote to Allow Consideration of an Amendment Designed to Require Hospitals to Make Available Emergency Contraceptives to Victims of Sexual Assualt.
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S. 3. Ban on "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions/Procedural Vote to Allow Consideration of an Amendment Designed to Require Hospitals to Make Available Emergency Contraceptives to Victims of Sexual Assualt.
senate Roll Call 45     Mar 11, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

Attempts to criminalize late-term abortions (also known as partial-birth abortions) have been a recent fixture on the congressional agenda; social conservatives have proposed such a ban each of the last three years. Now with the GOP in control of both chambers of Congress and the White House, the likelihood of such a ban becoming law increases dramatically. If enacted, the ban would be the first law restricting abortion since Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling making abortion legal. To minimize the effect of any legal changes, Senator Patty Murray offered a procedural motion which, if supported by 60 or more Senators, would enable consideration of her amendment which: 1) provides resources for educational programs on the use of emergency contraceptives; 2) requires hospitals to make such contraceptives available to victims of sexual assault; and 3) prohibits health insurance plans from discriminating against the use of contraception. Progressives favor the Supreme Court's decision upholding a woman's right to choose whether or not to have an abortion and thus support this amendment as a way to provide women with additional reproductive choices. Senator Murray's amendment was never voted upon because the procedural motion to permit consideration of the measure failed to garner the required 60-vote majority, falling by a tally of 48-48.

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