US Senate outlaws “partial birth abortion”BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7390.619/a (Published 22 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:619
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- New York
The Republican controlled US Senate passed legislation last week outlawing “partial birth abortion,” a technique used in an estimated 0.6% of abortions. Similar legislation will almost certainly be passed by the House of Representatives, also in the control of the Republicans, and soon signed into law by President Bush.
Bush has long opposed abortion. After passage of the Senate bill he issued a statement calling partial birth abortion “an abhorrent procedure that offends human dignity” and the ban a step “toward building a culture of life in America.” The Republican leader in the Senate, transplant surgeon Dr Bill Frist, called the procedure “brutal … barbarous and morally offensive to the mainstream medical community.”
Partial birth abortion is what the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls …