Magazine article The Christian Century

Senate Passes Ban on Late-Term Abortions. (News)

Magazine article The Christian Century

Senate Passes Ban on Late-Term Abortions. (News)

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The Senate, controlled by the Republicans since earlier this year, has passed legislation banning the rare but controversial late-term abortion procedures labeled by critics as "partial-birth abortion." The vote was 64 to 33, with 16 Democrats joining the majority. Three Republicans and one independent voted against the legislation.

Hailed as a major victory by antiabortion groups and President Bush, supporters expect the bill to sail through the House by the end of April and to be signed into law by Bush shortly thereafter. A similar bill passed the House but died in the Democratic-controlled Senate during the last session.

Previous versions of the bill passed but were vetoed by President Bill Clinton. Congress could not muster enough votes to override the veto in those instances.

"Partial-birth abortion is an abhorrent procedure that offends human dignity, and I commend the Senate for passing legislation to ban it," Bush said in response to the news. …

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