What: All Issues : Family Planning : Abortion : S 3. Ban on "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions/Vote to Return Measure to Judiciary Committee to Determine Constitutionality of Abortion Restrictions Contained in Bill.
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S 3. Ban on "Dilation and Extraction" Abortions/Vote to Return Measure to Judiciary Committee to Determine Constitutionality of Abortion Restrictions Contained in Bill.
senate Roll Call 47     Mar 12, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

In an attempt to restrict abortion as much as the constitution would permit, the Republican leadership proposed a bill that banned "intact dilation and extraction" abortions. The Republican leadership called these "partial birth" abortions, and they were performed in rare cases when the health of the mother was in question but the pregnancy had passed a certain point. Progressives argued that this ban still ran afoul of constitutional restrictions because it made no exception for the health of the mother, and so the Supreme Court was likely to strike it down. The backed a Boxer (D-CA) motion to commit (send) the bill to the Judiciary Committee. The motion would include instructions that the committee hold at least one hearing on the constitutionality of the bill and make necessary changes. Though Boxer's motion received support of Progressives and some Senators who otherwise supported the bill as it was, it still failed to earn a majority. It was rejected, 42-56.

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