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Author of Partial-Birth Abortion Law Applauds Supreme Court Decision

Location: Washington, DC

Author of Partial-Birth Abortion Law Applauds Supreme Court Decision

Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Cincinnati), author and principal sponsor of the federal law that bans partial-birth abortion, today released the following statement:

I'm extremely pleased that partial-birth abortions, a procedure that many have referred to as infanticide, will no longer be performed. The Supreme Court's decision finally brings an end to the national tragedy of partial-birth abortion, an abhorrent practice that has no place in a civilized society. When drafting this legislation, we were confident that it would withstand constitutional scrutiny and today's ruling confirms that belief. Our legislation was supported by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress, signed into law by the President and has now been upheld by our highest court.

Congressman Chabot has been a leading opponent of partial-birth abortion for more than a decade. Following a Supreme Court decision that invalidated a Nebraska law banning partial-birth abortion, Chabot introduced a new federal version of the ban. As chairman of the House Constitution Subcommittee, Chabot led passage of the ban through Congress.

The federal ban was the result of over eight years of research and analysis by Congress. Chabot’s bill addressed the issues raised by the Supreme Court in Stenberg v. Carhart by precisely defining the outlawed procedure and demonstrating that the medical community deems the procedure as “never medically necessary.”

Congressman Chabot introduced the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in the 108th Congress on February 13, 2003. The legislation received bipartisan support in the House (281-142) and Senate (64-34) and was signed by President Bush on November 5, 2003.

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