Statement on Federal Court Ruling That Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement in response to today's ruling in San Francisco by U.S.
District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton that declares the so-called
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban unconstitutional:
the District Court confirmed what we have known and have been saying
since this legislation was introduced. The federal ban on abortion
procedures is extreme, it violates a woman's right to make private
medical decisions, and it endangers women's health.
President Bush signed the so-called 'Partial-Birth Abortion Ban'
into law, he became the first President in history to ban a safe
and medically-accepted medical procedure. It was a deliberate attack
on reproductive health care and a violation of women's privacy and
their right to make their own decisions.
misguided law puts women's health in serious danger because it fails
to contain an exception for what is best for the health of a woman,
a principle that was established by the Supreme Court in Carhart
President Bush and politicians should not be making medical decisions.
A woman, in consultation with her family, her doctor, and her clergy,
is best qualified to make those decisions. Instead of banning medically-safe
procedures, Congress should focus on providing a broad range of
reproductive options for women, including family planning, contraception,
and healthy childbearing."