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Re: Victory

Not only did the House pass the bill to ban partial-birth abortion, Kathryn, but it did so by a larger margin than before. The bill passed 282-139 (with only 5 Republicans on the “no” side), compared to 274-151 the last time around. Also, the House rejected an attempt to gut the bill. Republican Jim Greenwood of Pennsylvania and Democrat Steny Hoyer of Maryland said they wanted to ban all late-term abortions, subject to an exception for health—which meant that an abortionist would be in the clear so long as he claimed that the abortion was necessary for the mother’s mental health. This maneuver failed by 133-287, with the hard-core pro-abortion members siding with anti-abortionists. The bill is one step closer to a presidential signature–and, alas, a judicial veto.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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