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Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt Applauds Senate Effort Affirming Roe v. Wade

Sep 13, 2003 | PBA

Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt Applauds Senate Effort Affirming Roe v. Wade

Vows Vigorous Opposition to Historic Abortion Ban

September 17, 2003

Washington, D.C.- Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt today commended the overwhelming majority of Senators who voted to put the United States Senate on record in solid support of women’s reproductive rights and Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that guaranteed women the right to abortion. Feldt also vowed that the reproductive rights movement across America and Planned Parenthood would use every means at their disposal to oppose the underlying measure debated today to impose the first federal law banning abortion since the landmark ruling in 1973. Planned Parenthood will seek a federal injunction to block implementation of the dangerous ban.

“Women across America who care for the future of reproductive freedom strongly praise Senator Barbara Boxer’s leadership and courage on this historic vote. She demonstrates the steadfast commitment to the values and principles embodied in Roe v. Wade and thirty years of reproductive self-determination for women across our country,” said Feldt.

Today’s vote on the Boxer amendment, which passed by a vote of 93-0, clears the way for S. 3, the so-called “partial birth abortion ban”, to go to conference with the House of Representatives and then on to the President for his signature.

“We will oppose the coming ban on abortion — in the courts, on the ground, and at the polls. This reckless ban endangers women’s lives and their health, and deprives them of important constitutionally protected rights. It is the product of an irresponsible and deceptive campaign by certain politicians to mislead the American public for base political gain. It is outrageous to use the health and well being of millions of women and their families this way. The fight is far from over, and this is a fight we will win,” said President Gloria Feldt.

When S.3, a bill to outlaw a medical procedure used primarily in emergency abortions, passed the Senate, it included an amendment authored by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Boxer, affirming support for Roe. Unfortunately, House Republicans stripped the Roe language before the bill passed the House. Today’s vote was on a measure to disagree with the House action.
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