US ban on “partial birth” abortions could outlaw other forms as wellBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7422.1009 (Published 30 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1009
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- New York
Both the US Senate and the House of Representatives have passed bills banning “partial birth abortion.” When minor differences between the bills are resolved, President George Bush will sign the law. While travelling in Asia, he told the New York Times that the bill was “very important legislation that will end an abhorrent practice and continue to build a culture of life in America.”
Doctors who violate the law may be imprisoned for up to two years and also be fined.
The bills define “partial birth abortion” as a procedure in which the physician “deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus until, in the case of a headfirst presentation, the …