CAMP HAILS DECISION ON PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION BAN
A three year court battle over a nationwide ban on partial birth abortions ended today when the Supreme Court ruled the law constitutional. As an original cosponsor of the legislation, U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland) heralded the ruling.
"The Court confirmed what most Americans have known for years: the practice of partial birth abortion is gruesome, unnecessary and has no place in our society," said Camp.
The Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act was enacted to limit the performance of an abortion procedure known as "intact dilation and evacuation" or "dilation and extraction" (D&X) by the medical community. Intact dilation and evacuation involves a vertex or "head first" presentation, the induced dilation of the cervix, the collapsing of the skull, and the extraction of the entire fetus through the cervix. D&X involves a breech or "feet first" presentation, the induced dilation of the cervix, the removal of the fetal body through the cervix, the collapsing of the skull, and the extraction of the fetus through the cervix.
Congress first passed similar legislation in 1995, but was vetoed by President Bill Clinton. Subsequent bans were also vetoed by Clinton.
The act does not prohibit partial-birth abortions that are necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.
The legislation was passed by Congress in 2003 with broad bipartisan support, including every member of the Michigan Republican congressional delegation and three member of the Michigan Democrat delegation: John Dingell, Bart Stupak and Dale Kildee.