- March 13 -"The Senate's passage today of the deceptively named
'partial birth abortion ban' should be a call to action for women's
rights supporters everywhere," said National Organization for
Women (NOW)President Kim Gandy. "Proponents of this legislation
know that the bill's provisions are unconstitutional, based on
the Supreme Court's decision in Stenberg v. Carhart. Behind the
rhetoric, this bill is really an abortion procedures ban. It's
a political game and an attempt to send us back to pre-Roe days
when countless women died from illegal abortions."
find the term 'partial birth abortion' in any medical dictionary
-- instead try looking for it in the ultraconservative rhetoric
manual," Gandy said. "Contrary to what opponents of abortion
rights would have you believe, this bill is not about a specific
late-term procedure. This bill, like each of its predecessors,
is purposely worded so vaguely that it could criminalize even
some of the safest and most common abortion procedures after
twelve weeks and well before fetal viability."
procedures ban passed by the Senate, which will soon be taken
up in the House of Representatives, is not supported by the
American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists or the American Medical Women's Association.
"This legislation has nothing to do with the best interests
of medicine or women's health. In fact, this ban does not even
include a constitutionally required exception to preserve the
health of the woman," Gandy said.
who otherwise support reproductive rights allowed themselves
to be caught up in the political rhetoric instead of standing
firm in their commitment to women's rights," Gandy said. "Senators
who voted for the abortion procedures ban disappointed voters
in their own states and across the country."