Ban on Partial-Birth Abortion Considered

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Wednesday in Washington, Mississippi congressmen Ronnie Shows and Chip Pickering were among the co-sponsors of legislation to establish a ban on partial-birth abortions.

The partial-birth abortion act of 2002 would prohibit the procedure unless it is necessary to save the life of the mother.

"We cannot allow the killing of partially-delivered children who have no voice and no way to protect themselves," said Shows. "It's been proven that partial-birth abortion inflicts terrible pain upon the baby that's being delivered."

"The overwhelming majority of Americans believe that this barbaric abortion procedure should no longer be practiced," said Pickering. "The partial birth abortion is truly the most horrific method that is currently allowed by law."

The legislation would make performing a partial-birth abortion a crime. The House is expected to vote on this bill later this summer or early fall.

The bill would impose a maximum of two years imprisonment, and a possible fine on whoever performs a partial-birth abortion.