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Roll Call: House Passes Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

Ban on gruesome partial-birth abortion passed the House easily under GOP leadership.

On Oct. 2, 2003, by a vote of 281 to 142, the House passed the final version of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 (S. 3).

This Republican resolution, supported by President Bush, makes partial-birth abortion a crime punishable with “fines and prison terms of up to two years.” Co-sponsor Rep. Sue Myrick (R.-N.C.) said spouses and parents of under-age women who are victimized by this “horrific act of human violence” will also be able to sue for damages. Myrick, a mother and a grandmother, expressed shock that partial-birth abortions are “still legal in America today.”

The Republicans graphically detailed the three-day process of partial-birth abortion. At the culmination of the procedure, the abortionist forcibly dilates a woman’s cervix, pulls her baby outside her womb, clutched, by the cervix “a few inches from a completed birth.” Myrick continued, “The abortionist pierces the baby’s skull, with scissors, before suctioning its brains out, crushing its skull, and tossing its body aside “as medical waste.” “This is a historic day for the American people,” said Myrick.

This “landmark day,” said Rep. James Oberstar (D.-Minn.), found “Roe v. Wade repugnant. ”

Democrats Rep. Steny Hoyer (D.-Md.) and Chet Edwards (D.-Tex.), argued that the legislation is useless since it outlaws “one late-term abortion procedure, while allowing all others to remain perfectly legal.”

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D.-N.Y.), mocked Republicans’ labeling this “a historic day for America,” suggesting next on Congress’s ban list of medical procedures is vasectomies for men. Slaughter and Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) both bemoaned that partial-birth abortion, settled three years ago by the Supreme Court, was the “pressing issue” before the House, with the country falling apart from poverty, debt and joblessness.

The Republicans, wanting to know who gave Supreme Court justices the right to be legislators, argued against the idea that such a procedure as partial-birth abortion could be called “a medical procedure.”

Rep. Chris Smith (R.-N.J.) said the Americans with Disabilities Act brought America to recognize disabled people as “entitled to the best possible life imaginable as everyone else. The 44.4 million dead babies since Roe, he said, would “fill Yankee Stadium to capacity each and every day for 788 days.”

Rep. Ron Lewis (R.-Ky.) quoted Mother Theresa of Calcutta: “The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion, because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me?”

This “devil procedure,” said Rep. Jeff Miller (R.-Fla), “must be outlawed.”

During the vote, two Democrats-Rep. Frank Ballance (D.-N. C.) and Charlie Gonzalez (D.-Tex.)-changed their votes to “nay” from “yea.”

A “yes” vote was a vote for the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, to ban partial-birth abortion. A “no” vote was a vote against the bill.

FOR THE BILL: 281 AGAINST THE BILL: 142
REPUBLICANS FOR: 218
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)
Brown (SC)
Brown-Waite, V.
Burgess
Burns
Burr
Burton (IN)
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
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
Isakson
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)
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
Neugebauer
Ney
Northup
Norwood
Nunes
Nussle
Osborne
Ose
Otter
Oxley
Paul
Pearce
Pence
Peterson (PA)
Petri
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
Ryan (WI)
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)
Wamp
Weldon (FL)
Weldon (PA)
Weller
Whitfield
Wicker
Wilson (NM)
Wilson (SC)
Wolf
Young (AK)
Young (FL)

DEMOCRATS FOR: 63
Alexander
Berry
Bishop (GA)
Boyd
Carson (OK)
Clyburn
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

REPUBLICANS AGAINST: 4
Greenwood
Johnson (CT)
Kolbe
Simmons

DEMOCRATS AGAINST: 137
Abercrombie
Ackerman
Allen
Andrews
Baca
Baird
Baldwin
Ballance
Becerra
Bell
Berkley
Berman
Bishop (NY)
Blumenauer
Boucher
Brady (PA)
Brown, Corrine
Brown (OH)
Capps
Capuano
Cardin
Cardoza
Carson (IN)
Case
Clay
Conyers
Cummings
Davis (CA)
Davis (IL)
DeFazio
DeGette
Delahunt
DeLauro
Deutsch
Dicks
Doggett
Dooley (CA)
Edwards
Emanuel
Engel
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.
Jones (OH)
Kilpatrick
Kind
Kucinich
Lantos
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Lee
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Lofgren
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
Rothman
Roybal-Allard
Rush
Sanchez, Linda
Sanchez, Loretta
Schakowsky
Schiff
Scott (GA)
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Sherman
Slaughter
Smith (WA)
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: 12

REPUBLICANS (7): DEMOCRATS (5): INDEPENDENTS (0)
Brady (TX)
Dreier
Hyde
Issa
Kirk
Pickering
Walsh
Boswell
Evans
Gephardt
Eshoo
Sabo
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