Most Americans do not realize that abortion is legal in late
pregnancy. A child of seven months gestation who is wanted by his
parents will be taken to the neonatal intensive care unit while another
child not wanted by his mother can be aborted. Many unborn
children have survived an early delivery, probably even someone you
know. Some unborn children have survived at a very early age
including Kenya King, born in Orlando, Florida at 21 weeks
gestation, just 4 and 1/2 months from her mother’s last menstrual
Dr. & Mrs. Jack Wilke in “Abortion Questions and Answers” lists
eleven children born between 19 and 24 weeks gestation as
reported by newspapers like the Houston Post, the Washington
Post, the Cincinnati Enquirer, Associated Press and others. Almost
any hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit will have survivors of
Where is the justice or common sense in aborting children who are
capable of surviving outside the womb, especially when there are
millions of couples waiting for a baby to adopt?
Senate Gives Final Approval to Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act
October 21, 2003
The Senate gave final approval to the
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act on October
21, 2003 by a vote of 64 to 33. The bill
was sponsored by Pennsylvania’s Senator
Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Congressman
Steve Chabot (R-Ohio).
Banning the late-term abortion procedure
where the living baby is delivered feet first
outside the body of the mother before he is
killed, has been a priority of many pro-life
organizations since 1995. The bill contains
an exception if the method was ever
necessary to save the life of the mother.
The bill was then signed by President Bush
on Nov. 5, 2003.
House Passes Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
October 2, 2003
By a 282-139 vote, the U.S. House of
Representatives joined its Senate colleagues in
passing what would amount to a ban on the
heinous partial-birth abortion procedure. “Partial-
birth abortion” is defined as the process by which a
baby’s brain is removed after that child has
partially left the birth canal. Minor differences in
the House and Senate versions were resolved in
conference committee. President Bush pledged to
sign it into law. (see “Bush Signs...”) Included in
this bill is a provision whereby an abortionist could
be sentenced to two years in prison for
“knowingly” violating the law.
President Bush Signs Partial Birth Abortion Ban
November 5, 2003
President Bush signed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 on November 5, 2003 in the
Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C. before an enthusiastic audience of 400 people. The
following are excerpts of the President’s speech.
“I’m pleased that all of you have joined us as the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003
becomes the law of the land. For years, a terrible form of violence has been directed against
children who are inches from birth, while the law looked the other way. Today, at last, the
American people and our government have confronted the violence and come to the defense of
the innocent child. ... Many of you have worked long and hard to see this bill come to fruition,
and we thank you for your efforts.” (The President went on to thank the principal lawmakers and
others who helped to pass the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003)
“In passing this legislation, members of the House and Senate made a studied decision based
upon compelling evidence. The best case against partial birth abortion is a simple description of
what happens and to whom it happens. It involves the partial delivery of a live boy or girl, and a
sudden, violent end of that life. Our nation owes its children a different and better welcome. The
bill I am about to sign protecting innocent new life from this practice reflects the humanity and
compassion of America.”
“Each year, thousands of partial birth abortions are committed. As Doctor C. Everett Koop, the
pediatrician and former Surgeon General has pointed out, the majority of partial birth abortions
are not required by medical emergency. As Congress has found, the practice is widely regarded
within the medical profession as unnecessary, not only cruel to the child, but harmful to the
mother, and a violation of medical ethics.”
The facts about partial birth abortion are troubling and tragic, and no lawyer’s brief can make
them seem otherwise. By acting to prevent this practice, the elected branches of our government
have affirmed a basic standard of humanity, the duty of the strong to protect the weak. The wide
agreement amongst men and women on this issue regardless of political party government is to
defend the life of the innocent. Every person, however frail or vulnerable, has a place and a
purpose in this world. Every person has a special dignity. This right to life cannot be granted or
denied by government, because it does not come from government, it comes from the Creator of
In the debate about the rights of the unborn, we are asked to broaden the circle of moral
concern. We’re asked to live out our calling as Americans. We’re asked to honor our own
standards, announced on the day of our founding in the Declaration of Independence... We’re
asked by our convictions and tradition and compassion to build a culture of life and make this a
more just and welcoming society. And today we welcome vulnerable children into the care and
protection of Americans.
The late Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey once said that when we look to the unborn child,
the real issue is not when life begins, but when love begins. This is the generous and merciful spirit
of our country at its best. This spirit is reflected in the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003,
which I am now honored to sign into law. God Bless. The bill is signed. (Applause.) Thank you,
Santorum Claims Victory on Passage of Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
March 13, 2003- U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference
proclaimed a victory for human life as the U.S. Senate passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act
of 2003 in a 64-33 vote. "Today, we have reached a significant milestone as we continue to build
a more compassionate society and a culture that values every human life," said Senator Santorum.
"I am certain that my colleagues in the House of Representatives will pass this Act and the
President will sign it into law. Futhermore, I am confident the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act
of 2003 includes factual findings of Congress that clearly show that a partial-birth abortion is
never medically necessary to preserve a woman's health, and should be banned."
"Partial-Birth Abortion is never medically necessary to protect a mother's health or
fertility," said former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop in 1997. "On the contrary, this
procedure can cause a serious threat to both."
Legislation banning partial-birth abortion was approved by the 104th, 105th, and 106th Congress.
In the 104th and 105th Congress, President Clinton vetoed the bill and the Senate was unable to
override the veto while the House did vote to override. In the 106th Congress, the House and
Senate again passed the bill and no further action took place. In the 107th Congress, the House
again passed the bill banning partial-birth abortion, unfortunately the Senate was unable to
consider the Bill during the 107th Congress due to objections being raised.
"The National Right to Life Committee commends the tireless efforts of Senator Rick Santorum,
over the past seven years, to put an end to the brutal practice of partial-birth abortion." said
Douglas Johnson, Legislative director of National Right to Life Committee.
had done a tremendous job guiding this critical legislation through the Senate," said
Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio). "We are determined to move ahead quickly in the House, and I
fully expect that our efforts will again receive strong bipartisan support."
Forty-nine Republicans and sixteen Democrats voted for the partial-birth abortion ban.
Pennsylvania's two Republican Senators, Santorum and Specter, voted to ban partial-birth
abortion. Democrat Tom Daschle also voted for the ban.
Twenty-nine Senate Democrats voted for the gruesome practice of partial-birth abortion including
Senators Hillary Clinton, Joe Lieberman, Tom Harkin and Steve Lautenberg.
Three Senate Republicans and one Independent cast pro-abortion votes. Senators Biden, Edwards
and Kerry did not vote.