Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Passes the House

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Once again, Congress has voted to ban what-s called partial-birth abortion, and President Bush says he-ll sign it. The term -partial birth abortion- is not a medical one, and it appears the ban would apply to only about 2000 of the 1.3 million abortions performed every year. Both sides agree it won-t actually change much and it-s likely to be overturned by the courts. Yet pro-lifers are claiming a victory and the pro-choice movement is warning about a threat to women-s reproductive rights. What is -partial birth abortion,- and is there really a threat to Roe versus Wade? We look at how language is being used to shape one of America-s most contentious ongoing debates with a cognitive linguist, pro-life and pro-choice advocates, and legal experts in reproductive rights and constitutional law.
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Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 (HR 760)

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 (S 3)

Planned Parenthood v Casey (1992)

Roe v Wade (1973)

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