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White House Statement of Administration Policy on Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

Jun 4, 2003 | PBA

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20503
June 4, 2003 

STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY 
(THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN COORDINATED BY OMB WITH THE CONCERNED AGENCIES.)

H.R. 760 – Partial-Birth Abortion Ban of 2003 
(Rep. Chabot (R) OH and 161 cosponsors)


The Administration strongly supports enactment of H.R. 760, which would ban an abhorrent procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion.  The bill is narrowly tailored and exempts those procedures necessary to save the life of the mother.

Partial-birth abortion is a procedure that is not accepted by the medical community.  Approximately 30 States have attempted to ban it.  The Administration strongly believes that enactment of H.R. 760 is both morally imperative and constitutionally permissible.

The Administration strongly opposes any amendment to the bill that would limit its application to a time after the child is determined to be viable, which could allow this procedure to be used as late as the fifth or sixth month of pregnancy. The Administration supports the exception for procedures necessary to save the life of the mother, but strongly opposes any amendments to create additional exceptions because these exceptions may create open-ended loopholes and allow the use of the procedure even in the third trimester.

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