INHOFE COMMENDS PASSAGE OF PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION BAN
WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today applauded his colleagues in the United States Congress for successfully passing (64-34) the conference report for the Partial-Birth Abortion Prohibition Act.
"I have been an ardent supporter of a ban on partial-birth abortion since the legislation was first introduced in the 104th Congress back in 1995," Inhofe said. "This is a victory for unborn souls in our country and I am proud of my colleagues here in the Congress who have joined in the fight to protect innocent life. The term partial-birth abortion, by the name itself, only begins to describe this barbaric procedure."
The Partial-Birth Prohibition Act of 2003 (S.3), which was introduced in the Senate on February 14, will outlaw partial-birth abortion unless the procedure is necessary to save the life of the mother. It imposes a maximum of two years imprisonment and/or fine on whoever performs a partial-birth abortion. Partial-birth abortion occurs several thousand times per year in the United States primarily on healthy babies of healthy mothers in the fifth and six month of pregnancy.
The prohibition does not apply to a partial-birth abortion that is "necessary to save the life of the mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury."