The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (HR 760, S 3) is a bill originating in the U.S. House of Representatives that bans so-called "partial-birth abortion", defined 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 was signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 5th, 2003. At the time it became law, whether it would take legal effect in all 50 states was uncertain pending the outcome of court challenges. For further information on the political and legal issues surrounding the bill, see Abortion in the United States.


"We have just outlawed a procedure that is barbaric, that is brutal, that is offensive to our moral sensibilities and that is out of the mainstream of the ethical practice of medicine today," said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a surgeon, declaring victory after the vote. [1]

"The absence of a health exception is inescapably [legally] fatal," said Emory legal historian David Garrow. [1]

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