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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban of 2003 (H.R. 760) 

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban of 2003 (H.R. 760) on Wednesday, June 4, 2003.   

The measure amends the federal criminal code to prohibit any physician or other individual from knowingly performing a partial-birth abortion, except when necessary to save the life of a mother that is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury.  

The bill defines a "partial-birth abortion" as an abortion in which the person performing the abortion: (1) deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus until, in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the mother's body, or, in the case of a breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the mother's body; and (2) performs the overt act, other than completion of delivery, that kills the partially delivered living fetus.  

H.R. 760 authorizes the father, if married to the mother at the time of the abortion, and the maternal grandparents of the fetus, if the mother is under 18 years of age, to obtain specified relief in a civil action, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff's criminal conduct or the plaintiff consented to the abortion.  

The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 authorizes a defendant accused of an offense under this Act to seek a hearing before the State Medical Board on whether the physician's conduct was necessary to save the life of the mother.  

The measure prohibits the prosecution of a woman upon whom a partial-birth abortion is performed for conspiracy to violate this Act or under provisions regarding punishment as a principal or an accessory or for concealment of a felony.  

For More On Partial-Birth Abortion visit:  Partial Birth Abortion . 

What Can You Do?    

Urge your representative to SUPPORT the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban of 2003 (H.R. 760) 

Contact Information:   

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)  

 To go to your representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html  

 To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.

 Addressing Correspondence:

The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative (last name):

  

 

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