U.s. Senator John Cornyn Cosponsors Bill To Ban Partial Birth Abortion

In: All News   Posted 02/13/2003

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn joined a bipartisan group of Senators Thursday in sponsoring a bill to ban partial-birth abortion. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is the main sponsor of the bill. the “Partial-Birth Abortion Ban of 2003 Act” (S.3) prohibits all partial-birth abortions unless necessary to save the life of the mother. "We must not delay this important protection any longer,” said Sen. Cornyn. “It is an important and necessary step in moving our culture toward one that protects the most vulnerable among us.” President Bush strongly supports the partial-birth abortion ban and has said he would sign a bill into law. “I ask you to protect infants at the very hour of their birth and end the practice of partial-birth abortion,” the President said in his State of the Union address this year. Although similar legislation passed in the House four times, the bill has not become law. Political roadblocks, including two vetoes by former President Bill Clinton, have prevented its passage. This year’s bill imposes penalties for performing a partial birth abortion, including a two year maximum prison term and/or a fine. The proposed legislation also establishes a civil cause of action against the person who performs the abortion for the infant’s father and mother (if the mother is a minor at the time, for her parents). “I strongly support this bill and find it an outrage that it has been blocked for so many years,” said Sen. Cornyn. “We must work together to make this protection a law immediately.”