Government Leaders on Abortion
BUNNING STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT DECISION UPHOLDING THE
PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION BAN
Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Jim Bunning today issued the following
statement regarding the decision by the United States Supreme Court
upholding the nationwide ban on partial birth abortion.
“This historic decision is great news for all of us who respect the
need to protect the sanctity of human life,” said Bunning. “All
forms of abortion are awful, but I can imagine nothing more
disturbing than killing a human life by partial birth abortion. The
Supreme Court has done the right thing by upholding the ban on this
cruel and inhumane practice.”
BUNNING FLOOR SPEECH ON PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION
Senator Bunning Discusses The Need To Ban Partial Birth Abortions
Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Jim Bunning today delivered the
following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to ban
partial birth abortion:
“Mr. President, I rise in support of S. 3, the Partial Birth
Abortion Ban Act.
“It is totally unbelievable to me that Congress yet again is working
on legislation to make partial-birth abortions illegal.
“This is the fourth Congress in which the Senate will have
considered this issue.
“In that time, innocent babies have been killed by this cruel and
horrible practice. It’s time to finally — finally — end it once and
“The Senate voted to ban partial birth abortion in the 104th
Congress, the 105th Congress, and the 106th Congress. The first two
attempts to ban this gruesome act were sent to the White House and
vetoed by Bill Clinton.
“And in the last Congress the House passed a partial birth abortion
ban, however, the Senate Democrat leadership refused to bring the
issue up for consideration.
“I commend our leader — Senator Frist — for moving quickly to
address this issue early in the 108th Congress. And I commend
Senator Santorum for leading this effort.
“I am confident that this time the president at the other end of
Pennsylvania avenue will act in defense of life by signing this
proposal into law.
“Mr. President, all forms of abortion are gruesome procedures. But I
cannot imagine anything more hideous than partial birth abortion.
“I will spare my colleagues a detailed description of this heinous
procedure since is it so repulsive. And we have already seen the
graphic pictures and illustrations outlining this infanticide.
“It is really hard to believe that we have to go through this
exercise every Congress because nobody — with a straight face and
clear conscience — can stand up and defend this procedure.
“The only way anyone can justify it is to say that — hey, it doesn’t
matter — because not that many partial birth abortions are actually
“Or they can try to cloud the issue by saying that partial birth
abortions are only utilized in cases when the mother’s life is in
“Mr. President, we know this just isn’t true. We know that some of
the most ardent and visible defenders of abortion have actually lied
about the numbers. It’s not just a few hundred a year — it is
“But the numbers really shouldn’t make any difference. If it is
wrong and inhumane we should ban it — whether it affects one or one
“But misleading facts about the numbers — trying to downplay the
prevalence and the frequency of this procedure — are no
justification for allowing this practice to continue.
“This bill does not ignore the health needs of women. It clearly
makes an exception when the life of the mother is in jeopardy.
“The plain language of the legislation clearly says that the ban on
partial birth abortions does not apply when such a procedure is
considered necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is
endangered by a physical disorder, illness or injury.
“So, even though many medical experts insist that there is never any
medical justification for a partial birth abortion, this bill goes
the extra mile and permits it if the mother’s life is in jeopardy.
“Personally, I don’t think this makes much sense, but it just goes
to show that those of us who support the bill are doing what we can
to try to find a middle ground and to answer concerns that some of
our colleagues still have.
“No one can deny that partial birth abortion is cruel. No one can
deny that it is patently inhumane. No one can deny that it is
“In fact, in the 8 years we have been debating this bill, no one has
really come up with any defense of partial birth abortions that hold
“Therefore, I urge my colleagues to support this bill — support this
ban. It is simply a matter of respect for human life.”