Roll Calls: House Votes Against Partial-Birth and Military Abortions

ROLL CALL:
House Nixes Military Abortions

On May 22, by a vote of 201 to 227, the House rejected an amendment to the Defense Department authorization bill (H.R. 1588) proposed by Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D.-Calif.) that would have limited restrictions of abortion practices at overseas military bases.

An identical amendment was proposed and rejected in the Senate on the very same day. (See HUMAN EVENTS rollcall last week, page 30.)The Sanchez amendment would have allowed the use of taxpayer-funded overseas military hospitals and personnel for abortions.

Women, Sanchez implied, are less than fully human if they at least have the choice to murder their unborn children. Therefore, her argument went on, they should be allowed to use taxpayer facilities to have abortions.

“Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice,” she said, “the fact remains that women of the United States have a constitutional right to reproductive services. So why would we choose to place an overseas female soldier or military dependent into a subclass of citizenship?”

Of course, female soldiers and military dependents have the option of traveling to the United States or another country at their own expense in order to have an abortion.

Also, military doctors are required to obey the abortion laws of the countries where they are providing services. Thus, if the amendment had become law, they could not perform abortions in these locations where it is not permitted.

In any case, military doctors-unlike abortionists-have very high ethical standards. Because of their role as the savers of human life on the battlefield, most of them understand the counterproductivity of abortion to the mission of a good doctor, and thus refuse to perform abortions.

“Ask any military doctor if they joined up to perform abortions, and they will simply say they entered to save lives,” said Rep. Jim Ryun (R.-Kan.) in opposition to Sanchez. “Congress should not take a step towards putting these doctors in a position of taking the most innocent of human life.”

But the West Coast liberals continued to make their case.

“Since 1989, and except for two years early in the Clinton Administration, Congress has barred a woman’s access to necessary health care services at overseas bases,” Rep. Jane Harman (D.-Calif.) said, “even when paid for by their own funds.”

Of course, taxpayers would be the real payers for any abortions at such bases, since military equipment would be used in such abortions.

A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of the Sanchez amendment, for abortions at military bases abroad. A “no” vote was a vote against legalizing taxpayer-subsidized abortions at these bases.

FOR THE AMENDMENT: 201

REPUBLICANS FOR (27): Bass, Bereuter, Biggert, Boehlert, Bono, Bradley (NH), Capito, Castle, Dunn, Foley, Frelinghuysen, Gilchrest, Greenwood, Houghton, Isakson, Johnson (CT), Kelly, Kirk, Kolbe, Leach, Ose, Pryce (OH), Ramstad, Shaw, Shays, Simmons, Walden (OR)

DEMOCRATS FOR (173): Abercrombie, Ackerman, Allen, Andrews, Baca, Baird, Baldwin, Balance, Becerra, Bell, Berkley, Berman, Bishop (GA), Bishop (NY), Blumenauer, Boswell, Boucher, Boyd, Brady (PA)Brown, Corrine, Brown (OH), Capps, Capuano, Cardin, Cardoza, Carson (IN), Carson (OK), Case, Clay, Clyburn, Conyers, Cooper, Cramer, Crowley, Cummings, Davis (AL), Davis (CA), Davis (FL), Davis (IL), DeFazio, DeGette, Delahunt, DeLauro, Deutsch, Dicks, Dingell, Doggett, Dooley (CA), Edwards, Emanuel, Engel, Eshoo, Etheridge, Evans, Farr, Fattah, Filner, Ford, Frank (MA), Frost, Gonzalez, Gordon, Green (TX), Grijalva, Gutierrez, Harman, Hastings (FL), Hill, Hinchey, Hinojosa, Hoeffel, Holt, Honda, Hooley (OR), Hoyer, Inslee, Israel, Jackson (IL), Jackson-Lee (TX), Jefferson, Johnson, E. B., Jones (OH), Kaptur, Kennedy (RI), Kilpatrick, Kind, Kleczka, Kucinich, Lampson, Lantos, Larsen (WA), Larson (CT), Lee, Levin, Lofgren, Lowey, Majette, Maloney, Markey, Matheson, Matsui, McCarthy (MO), McCarthy (NY), McCollum, McDermott, McGovern, Meehan, Meek (FL), Meeks (NY), Menendez, Millender-McDonald, Miller, George, Miller (NC), Moore, Moran (VA), Nadler, Napolitano, Neal (MA), Obey, Olver, Owens, Pallone, Pascrell, Pastor, Payne, Pelosi, Pomeroy, Price (NC), Rangel, Reyes, Rodriguez, Rothman, Roybal-Allard, Ruppersberger, Rush, Sabo, Sanchez, Linda, Sanchez, Loretta, Sandlin, Schakowsky, Schiff, Scott (GA), Scott (VA), Serrano, Sherman, Slaughter, Smith (WA), Snyder, Solis, Spratt, Stark, Strickland, Tanner, Tauscher, Thompson (CA), Thompson (MS), Tierney, Towns, Turner (TX), Udall (CO), Udall (NM), Van Hollen, Velazquez, Visclosky, Waters, Watson, Watt, Waxman, Weiner, Wexler, Woolsey, Wu, Wynn

INDEPENDENT FOR (1): Sanders

AGAINST THE AMENDMENT: 227

REPUBLICANS AGAINST (197): Aderholt, Akin, Bachus, Baker, Ballenger, Barrett (SC), Bartlett (MD), Barton (TX), Beauprez, Bilirakis, Bishop (UT), Blackburn, Blunt, Boehner, Bonner, Boozman, Brady (TX), Brown (SC), Brown-Waite, V., Burgess, Burns, Burr, Burton (IN), Buyer, Calvert, Camp, Cannon, Cantor, Carter, Chabot, Chocola, Coble, Cole, Collins, Cox, Crane, Crenshaw, Cubin, Culberson, Cunningham, Davis, Jo Ann, Davis, Tom, Deal (GA), DeLay, DeMint, Diaz-Balart, L., Diaz-Balart, M., Doolittle, Dreier, Duncan, Ehlers, Emerson, English, Everett, Feeney, Ferguson, Flake, Fletcher, Forbes, Fossella, Franks (AZ), Gallegly, Garrett (NJ), Gerlach, Gibbons, Gillmor, Gingrey, Goode, Goodlatte, Goss, Granger, Graves, Green (WI), Gutknecht, Harris, Hart, Hastert, Hastings (WA), Hayes, Hayworth, Hefley, Hensarling, Herger, Hobson, Hoekstra, Hostettler, Hulshof, Hunter, Hyde, Istook, Janklow, Jenkins, Johnson, Sam, Johnson (IL), Jones (NC), Keller, Kennedy (MN), King (IA), King (NY), Kingston, Kline, Knollenberg, LaHood, Latham, LaTourette, Lewis (CA), Lewis (KY), Linder, LoBiondo, Lucas (OK), Manzullo, McCotter, McCrery, McHugh, McInnis, McKeon, Mica, Miller, Gary, Miller (FL), Miller (MI), Moran (KS), Murphy, Musgrave, Myrick, Nethercutt, Ney, Northup, Norwood, Nunes, Nussle, Osborne, Otter, Paul, Pearce, Pence, Peterson (PA), Petri, Pickering, Pitts, Platts, Pombo, Porter, Portman, Putnam, Radanovich, Regula, Rehberg, Renzi, Reynolds, Rogers (AL), Rogers (KY), Rogers (MI), Rohrabacher, Ros-Lehtinen, Royce, Ryan (WI), Ryun (KS), Saxton, Schrock, Sensenbrenner, Sessions, Shadegg, Sherwood, Shimkus, Shuster, Simpson, Smith (MI), Smith (NJ), Smith (TX), Souder, Stearns, Sullivan, Sweeney, Tancredo, Tauzin, Taylor (NC), Terry, Thomas, Thornberry, Tiahrt, Tiberi, Toomey, Turner (OH), Upton, Vitter, Walsh, Wamp, Weldon (FL), Weldon (PA), Weller, Whitfield, Wicker, Wilson (NM), Wilson (SC), Wolf, Young (AK), Young (FL)

DEMOCRATS AGAINST (30): Alexander, Berry, Costello, Davis (TN), Doyle, Hall, Holden, John, Kanjorski, Kildee, Langevin, Lipinski, Lucas (KY), Lynch, Marshall, McIntyre, McNulty, Michaud, Mollohan, Murtha, Oberstar, Ortiz, Peterson (MN), Rahall, Ross, Ryan (OH), Skelton, Stenholm, Stupak, Taylor (MS)

NOT VOTING: 7

REPUBLICANS (5): Bonilla, Combest, Issa, Oxley, Quinn

DEMOCRATS (2): Gephardt, Lewis (GA)

ROLL CALL:
House Votes to Ban Partial-Birth Abortion

On June 4, by a vote of 282-139, the House passed a bill called the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (H.R. 760). The bill makes it illegal for a physician to perform a partial-birth abortion-a gruesome procedure in which a pregnant woman’s cervix is forcefully dilated over a three-day period, causing the fetus to partially come out of the mother. When only the baby’s head remains inside the mother, the abortionist punctures his skull, suctions out his brains, and crushes his head.

Rep. Steve Chabot (R.-Ohio) was the prime sponsor of the bill. Liberals such as Rep. Louise Slaughter (D.-N.Y.) called the bill “unconstitutional” and “harmful to women.” She asserted that the bill “goes so far as to give the father of the fetus the right to sue the woman or the doctor even if he has beaten his wife, rapes her or had threatened her life. How crazy is that?”

She did not mention, however, the strangeness of a legal system that recognizes no rights at all for fathers to defend the lives of their children.

Slaughter’s arguments about the violations of women’s rights didn’t carry the day in the House, as conservative Republicans and moderate Democrats rose in support of the bill.

“Partial-birth abortion is not a sign that women are ‘free to choose,’” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R.-Fla.) said. “It is a sign that women have been abandoned, that they have not had the support and care that they so desperately need. Women deserve better than to endure the psychological, the physical and the emotional pain and suffering associated with partial-birth abortion, and children deserve the chance to live.”

But the Left wasn’t willing to give them that chance, avoiding all discussion of the gruesome death associated with partial-birth abortions. Instead, liberals lashed conservatives and their “unconstitutional” attempts to thwart Supreme Court rulings.

Rep. Bobby Scott (D.-Va.) claimed that the bill was a direct violation of such Supreme Court cases as Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and said that a similar law that Nebraska passed three years ago was deemed unconstitutional through Stenberg v. Carhart.

“The cases cited,” said Scott, “recognize that a state cannot subject women’s health to significant health risks both in that context and also where state regulations force women to use riskier methods of abortion. A woman’s health is the same whether it happens to arise from regulating a particular method of abortion or from barring abortions entirely.”

But Rep. Mike Pence (R.-Ind.) put it forcefully, “We can argue the medicine and we can argue the facts. What is not arguable is that the practice of delivering a newborn child alive, feet first, holding it in the birth canal while the back of its head is stabbed with a suction device, is evil.”

The House vote, coupled with the earlier Senate vote, will send this bill to President Bush’s desk. He is expected to sign it in what will be an unprecedented act on the federal level since 1973, when the Supreme Court, in Roe, legalized abortion on demand in all 50 states, irrespective of the political process.

A “yes” vote was in favor of passing the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, barring hat particularly gruesome procedure. A “no” vote was a vote to keep partial-birth abortions legal.

FOR THE BILL: 282

REPUBLICANS FOR (220): Aderholt, Akin, Bachus, Baker, Ballenger, Barrett (SC), Bartlett (MD), Barton (TX), Bass, Beauprez, Bereuter, Biggert, Bilirakis, Bishop (UT), Blackburn, Blunt, Boehlert, Boehner, Bonilla, Bonner, Bono, Boozman, Bradley (NH), Brady (TX), Brown (SC), Brown-Waite, V., Burgess, Burns, Burr, Buyer, Calvert, Camp, Cannon, Cantor, Capito, Carter, Castle, Chabot, Chocola, Coble, Cole, Collins, Cox, Crane, Crenshaw, Cubin, Culberson, Cunningham, Davis, Jo Ann, Davis, Tom, Deal (GA), DeLay, DeMint, Diaz-Balart, L., Diaz-Balart, M., Doolittle, Dreier, Duncan, Dunn, Ehlers, Emerson, English, Everett, Feeney, Ferguson, Flake, Fletcher, Foley, Forbes, Fossella, Franks (AZ), Frelinghuysen, Gallegly, Garrett (NJ), Gerlach, Gibbons, Gilchrest, Gillmor, Gingrey, Goode, Goodlatte, Goss, Granger, Graves, Green (WI), Gutknecht, Harris, Hart, Hastert, Hastings (WA), Hayes, Hayworth, Hefley, Hensarling, Herger, Hobson, Hoekstra, Hostettler, Houghton, Hulshof, Hunter, Hyde, Isakson, Issa, Istook, Janklow, Jenkins, Johnson, Sam, Johnson (IL), Jones (NC), Keller, Kelly, Kennedy (MN), King (IA), King (NY), Kingston, Kline, Knollenberg, LaHood, Latham, LaTourette, Leach, Lewis (CA), Linder, LoBiondo, Lucas (OK), Manzullo, McCotter, McCrery, McHugh, McInnis, McKeon, Mica, Miller, Gary, Miller (FL), Miller (MI), Moran (KS), Murphy, Musgrave, Myrick, Nethercutt, Ney, Northup, Norwood, Nunes, Nussle, Osborne, Ose, Otter, Oxley, Paul, Pearce, Pence, Peterson (PA), Petri, Pickering, Pitts, Platts, Pombo, Porter, Portman, Pryce (OH), Putnam, Quinn, Radanovich, Ramstad, Regula, Rehberg, Renzi, Reynolds, Rogers (AL), Rogers (KY), Rogers (MI), Rohrabacher, Ros-Lehtinen, Royce, Ryun (KS), Saxton, Schrock, Sensenbrenner, Sessions, Shadegg, Shaw, Shays, Sherwood, Shimkus, Shuster, Simpson, Smith (MI), Smith (NJ), Smith (TX), Souder, Stearns, Sullivan, Sweeney, Tancredo, Tauzin, Taylor (NC), Terry, Thomas, Thornberry, Tiahrt, Tiberi, Toomey, Turner (OH), Upton, Vitter, Walden (OR), Walsh, Wamp, Weldon (FL), Weldon (PA), Weller, Whitfield, Wicker, Wilson (NM), Wilson (SC), Wolf, Young (AK), Young (FL)

DEMOCRATS FOR (62): Alexander, Berry, Bishop (GA), Boswell, Boyd, Cooper, Costello, Cramer, Crowley, Davis (AL), Davis (FL), Davis (TN), Dingell, Doyle, Etheridge, Ford, Gordon, Hall, Hill, Hinojosa, Holden, Jefferson, John, Kanjorski, Kaptur, Kennedy (RI), Kildee, Kleczka, Lampson, Langevin, Lipinski, Lucas (KY), Lynch, Marshall, Matheson, McIntyre, McNulty, Michaud, Mollohan, Murtha, Neal (MA), Oberstar, Obey, Ortiz, Pascrell, Peterson (MN), Pomeroy, Rahall, Reyes, Ross, Ruppersberger, Ryan (OH), Sandlin, Skelton, Spratt, Stenholm, Strickland, Stupak, Tanner, Taylor (MS), Turner (TX), Visclosky

AGAINST THE BILL: 139

REPUBLICANS AGAINST (5): Greenwood, Johnson (CT), Kirk, Kolbe, Simmons

DEMOCRATS AGAINST (133): Abercrombie, Ackerman, Allen, Andrews, Baca, Baird, Baldwin, Balance, Becerra, Bell, Berkley, Berman, Bishop (NY), Blumenauer, Boucher, Brady (PA), Brown, Corrine, Brown (OH), Capps, Capuano, Cardin, Cardoza, Carson (IN), Case, Clay, Clyburn, Conyers, Cummings, Davis (CA), Davis (IL), DeFazio, DeGette, Delahunt, DeLauro, Deutsch, Doggett, Dooley (CA), Edwards, Emanuel, Engel, Evans, Farr, Fattah, Filner, Frank (MA), Frost, Gonzalez, Green (TX), Grijalva, Gutierrez, Harman, Hastings (FL), Hinchey, Hoeffel, Holt, Honda, Hooley (OR), Hoyer, Inslee, Israel, Jackson (IL), Jackson-Lee (TX), Johnson, E. B., Kilpatrick, Kind, Kucinich, Larsen (WA), Lee, Levin, Lewis (GA), Lowey, Majette, Maloney, Markey, Matsui, McCarthy (MO), McCarthy (NY), McCollum, McDermott, McGovern, Meehan, Meek (FL), Meeks (NY), Menendez, Millender-McDonald, Miller, George, Miller (NC), Moore, Moran (VA), Nadler, Napolitano, Olver, Owens, Pallone, Pastor, Payne, Pelosi, Price (NC), Rangel, Rodriguez, Roybal-Allard, Rush, Sabo, Sanchez, Linda, Sanchez, Loretta, Schakowsky, Schiff, Scott (GA), Scott (VA), Serrano, Sherman, Slaughter, Snyder, Solis, Stark, Tauscher, Thompson (CA), Thompson (MS), Tierney, Towns, Udall (CO), Udall (NM), Van Hollen, Velazquez, Waters, Watson, Watt, Waxman, Weiner, Wexler, Woolsey, Wu, Wynn

INDEPENDENTS AGAINST (1): Sanders

NOT VOTING: 13

REPUBLICANS (3): Burton (IN), Lewis (KY), Ryan (WI)

DEMOCRATS (10): Carson (OK), Dicks, Eshoo, Gephardt, Jones (OH), Lantos, Larson (CT), Lofgren, Rothman, Smith (WA)


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