Monday, January 29, 2007

The Federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

Have you ever heard of the "Federal Abortion Ban?" Yeah, me neither and I especially don't remember anything by that name passing in recent years yet NARAL's new Who Decides report has a page describing how Congress tried to ban abortion after 12 weeks and calls this legislation the "Federal Abortion Ban."

Of course, everyone knows they're talking about the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 and NARAL even has to include the term they loathe so much, in quotations of course.

The page also lists Michigan as having an "unconstitutional and unenforceable bans that could outlaw abortion as early as the 12th week of pregnancy, with no exception to protect a woman's health." Are they referring to the Legal Birth Definition Act?

If so, I wonder how they missed the part where physicians are given immunity if they act "to avert an imminent threat to the physical health of the mother, and any harm to the perinate was incidental to treating the mother and not a known or intended result of the procedure performed." Or maybe a health exception is only a "health" exception if allows a woman to get an abortion for any reason?

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