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The Rubicon

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 05, 2003

A very small but very important step was taken yesterday. Congress passed HR 760, banning partial birth abortion.

The legislation is modest in that it would stop relatively few abortions, said Ken Connor, president of the anti-abortion Family Research Council. But "it is monumental in that it represents the first real restriction on any form of abortion enacted into law in 30 years." Connor said it would add to the momentum toward overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established abortion rights. NARAL Pro-Choice America president Kate Michelman said, "President Bush and anti-choice leaders in the Congress have crossed the Rubicon towards rolling back Roe."

I don't say this often, Ms. Michelman, but I hope you're right.

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  • Posted by: Phil - Jun. 06, 2003 3:10 PM ET USA

    Just for the historical record, note two things: 1) This bill would have become law several years ago, if Democratic Senators who identify themselves as Catholics had not voted to uphold the Clinton veto. 2) The whole issue might be moot, because abortion in general might have been outlawed, if the issue had come up for a vote in the House of Representatives in the 1970s. No such vote ever occurred, thanks largely to the late Tip O'Neill, a Catholic legislator from a Catholic state.

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