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June 16, 2002


Communications Department

National Abortion Federation Opposes So-Called "Partial-Birth Abortion" Ban That Would Sacrifice Health of American Women

Washington, DC - The National Abortion Federation (NAF) criticized the decision by anti-choice members of Congress to re-introduce a so-called "partial-birth abortion" ban. "Americans should be outraged that the upcoming elections have led legislators to once again attempt to sacrifice women's health for political gain," said Stephanie Mueller, NAF's Director of Public Policy. "Timing is everything, and Representative Chabot's decision to introduce this harmful legislation so close to the fall elections leaves little question that his motive has little to do with protecting women's lives and everything to do with political game-playing."

"Yet again, legislators opposed to a woman's right to choose abortion are using misinformation to gain the public's support for a bill that would threaten the health of American women," continued Mueller. "Not only are they trying to take away physicians' ability to determine which procedures are safest for their patients, but they are ignoring a Supreme Court decision that stated that this type of abortion ban is unconstitutional."

"In the Stenberg v. Carhart case, the Supreme Court ruled that legislators could not jeopardize women's health in their pursuit of a political goal. Not only does the current bill not include a an exception to protect women's health, but it also includes a 'findings' section that argues that the Supreme Court was wrong to state that this type of ban should."

"Doctors, not legislators, should be entrusted with making health care decisions for women. Over the coming weeks, we urge legislators to spend their time working on important issues such as ensuring contraceptive coverage for all women, rather than playing political games with the lives and health of American families."


The National Abortion Federation is the professional association of abortion providers in the U.S. and Canada dedicated to ensuring that abortion remains safe, legal and accessible.

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