INHOFE PRAISES SUPREME COURT RULING ON PARTIAL-BIRTH
April 18, 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the
Supreme Court decision upholding the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act that
was approved by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in 2003.
“I have been an ardent supporter of a ban on partial-birth abortion
since legislation was first introduced in the 104th Congress back in
1995,” Inhofe said. “This is a victory for unborn souls in our
country and I applaud the Supreme Court ruling to protect innocent life.
The term partial-birth abortion, by the name itself, only begins to
describe this barbaric procedure.”
Today the Supreme Court voted (5-4) to uphold the Partial-Birth Abortion
Ban Act of 2003 that outlaws partial-birth abortion unless the procedure
is necessary to save the life of the mother. The law imposes a
maximum of two years imprisonment and/or fine on whomever performs a
SENATOR INHOFE LAUDS PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION PROTECTING THE
RIGHTS OF THE UNBORN
March 25, 2004
WASHINGTON - Senator Inhofe today heralded the passage of long-overdue
legislation that will allow for the separate prosecution of federal
violent crimes that kill or injure an unborn child. The "Unborn Victims
of Violence Act of 2004 or 'Laci and Conner's Law" (HR.1997) passed the
Senate today (61-38) with no amendments attached.
"Today we in the Senate can claim victory for the unborn souls of
America," Inhofe said. "We must fill this tragic gap in federal criminal
code that has rendered our federal courts blind to the rights of this
nation's unborn children subjected to violence. We are one step closer
to filling that gap after today.
"The House overwhelmingly passed this bill in late February and I am
pleased that we here in the Senate have moved swiftly to push this
fundamental and necessary legislation toward law."
Currently, an individual who commits a federal violent crime against an
unborn child cannot be prosecuted separately for that crime because
federal criminal law does not recognize the unborn child as a crime
Under this bill, if an unborn child is injured or killed during the
already defined federal crime of violence, then the assailant could be
charged with a separate offense on behalf of the unborn child. This
legislation does not apply to any abortion to which a woman has
consented, any act of the mother herself, or any form of treatment.
Additionally, this legislation does not supersede state unborn victim
laws, nor would it impose such a state that has not enacted one.
Having passed both the Senate and the House, the "Unborn Victims of
Violence Act of 2004" will now go to conference.