Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act: Initial Passage

House Roll Call No. 65
105th Congress, 1st Session

Passed: 295-136 (see complete tally)
The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (H.R. 1122), authored by Congressman Charles Canady (R-Fl.), would have made it as a federal offense to perform a "partial-birth abortion," defined in the bill as "an abortion in which the person performing the abortion partially vaginally delivers a living fetus before killing the fetus and completing the delivery." The bill contained an exception for any case in which "a partial-birth abortion . . . is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder,illness, or injury." On this vote, the House gave initial approval to the bill by a vote of 295-136, House roll call no. 65, March 20, 1997. (President Clinton later vetoed this bill. The House of Representatives overrode the veto -- see the third vote in the NRLC Senate scorecard for 1997-98-- but in the Senate pro-life forces fell three votes short of the necessary two-thirds majority.)

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 65
Votes For : 295
Votes Against : 136
Not Voting : 2

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