Capital Hill Watch
Abortion Ban Act of 2003 (S.3)
Senate is expected to vote on the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of
2003 (S. 3) as early as Thursday, March 13, 2002.
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.
S. 3 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
Can You Do?
Urge your senators to SUPPORT
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 (S. 3).
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