U.S. Senate Gives Final Approval to the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, 64-33

Shown below is the roll call vote by which the U.S. Senate gave final approval to the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (S. 3) on October 21, 2003, by a vote of 64 to 34. The bill then went President Bush for his signature.

On November 5, President Bush signed the bill into law (see story, page 1).

The bill, sponsored by Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), has been a major legislative priority of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) since 1995.

The bill prohibits performance of a "partial-birth abortion," legally defined as any abortion in which the living baby is delivered feet-first outside the body of the mother past the baby's navel, or in which the baby's entire head is delivered outside the body of the mother, before the baby is killed.

The bill contains an exception if the method was ever necessary to save the life of a mother.

On this roll call (Senate roll call no. 402), the bill was supported by 47 Republicans and 17 Democrats. It was opposed by three Republicans, 30 Demo-crats, and one independent. Absent were Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tx.), a supporter of the bill, and Sen. John Edwards (D-NC), an opponent of the bill.

Prior to this roll call, the House of Representatives had already given final approval to the bill on October 2, 281-142 (see roll call, pages 14-15).

For further information on the issue of partial-birth abortion and the current status of the new law, visit the NRLC website at www.nrlc.org.

 

KEY

 

X Pro-life vote (for S. 3)

 

O Pro-abortion vote (against S. 3)

 

? Absent or not voting

 

Alabama

Richard Shelby (R) X

Jeff Sessions (R) X

 

Alaska

Ted Stevens (R) X

Lisa Murkowski (R) X

 

Arizona

John McCain (R) X

Jon Kyl (R) X

 

Arkansas

Blanche Lincoln (D) X

Mark Pryor (D) X

 

California

Dianne Feinstein (D) O

Barbara Boxer (D) O

 

Colorado

Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R) X

Wayne Allard (R) X

 

Connecticut

Christopher Dodd (D) O

Joseph Lieberman (D) O

 

Delaware

Joseph Biden (D) X

Thomas Carper (D) X

 

Florida

Bob Graham (D) O

Bill Nelson (D) O

 

Georgia

Zell Miller (D) X

Saxby Chambliss (R) X

 

Hawaii

Daniel Inouye (D) O

Daniel Akaka (D) O

 

Idaho

Larry Craig (R) X

Michael Crapo (R) X

 

Illinois

Richard Durbin (D) O

Peter Fitzgerald (R) X

 

Indiana

Richard Lugar (R) X

Evan Bayh (D) X

 

Iowa

Charles Grassley (R) X

Tom Harkin (D) O

 

Kansas

Sam Brownback (R) X

Pat Roberts (R) X

 

Kentucky

Mitch McConnell (R) X

Jim Bunning (R) X

 

Louisiana

John Breaux (D) X

Mary Landrieu (D) X

 

Maine

Olympia Snowe (R) O

Susan Collins (R) O

 

Maryland

Paul Sarbanes (D) O

Barbara Mikulski (D) O

 

Massachusetts

Edward Kennedy (D) O

John Kerry (D) O

 

Michigan

Carl Levin (D) O

Debbie Stabenow (D) O

 

Minnesota

Mark Dayton (D) O

Norm Coleman (R) X

 

Mississippi

Thad Cochran (R) X

Trent Lott (R) X

 

Missouri

Christopher Bond (R) X

Jim Talent (R) X

 

Montana

Max Baucus (D) O

Conrad Burns (R) X

 

Nebraska

Chuck Hagel (R) X

Ben Nelson (D) X

 

Nevada

Harry Reid (D) X

John Ensign (R) X

 

New Hampshire

Judd Gregg (R) X

John Sununu (R) X

 

New Jersey

Jon Corzine (D) O

Frank Lautenberg (D) O

 

New Mexico

Pete Domenici (R) X

Jeff Bingaman (D) O

 

New York

Charles Schumer (D) O

Hillary Clinton (D) O

 

North Carolina

John Edwards (D) NV

Elizabeth Dole (R) X

 

North Dakota

Kent Conrad (D) X

Byron Dorgan (D) X

 

Ohio

Mike DeWine (R) X

George Voinovich (R) X

 

Oklahoma

Don Nickles (R) X

James Inhofe (R) X

 

Oregon

Ron Wyden (D) O

Gordon Smith (R) X

 

Pennsylvania

Arlen Specter (R) X

Rick Santorum (R) X

 

Rhode Island

Jack Reed (D) O

Lincoln Chafee (R) O

 

South Carolina

Ernest Hollings (D) X

Lindsey Graham (R) X

 

South Dakota

Thomas Daschle (D) X

Tim Johnson (D) X

 

Tennessee

Bill Frist (R) X

Lamar Alexander (R) X

 

Texas

Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) NV

John Cornyn (R) X

 

Utah

Orrin Hatch (R) X

Robert Bennett (R) X

 

Vermont

Patrick Leahy (D) X

James Jeffords (I) O

 

Virginia

John Warner (R) X

George Allen (R) X

 

Washington

Patty Murray (D) O

Maria Cantwell (D) O

 

West Virginia

Robert Byrd (D) X

John Rockefeller (D) O

 

Wisconsin

Herbert Kohl (D) O

Russ Feingold (D) O

 

Wyoming

Craig Thomas (R) X

Michael Enzi (R) X