H.R. 929 (105th): Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1997

Mar 05, 1997 (105th Congress, 1997–1998)
Died (Reported by Committee)
Charles Canady
Representative for Florida's 12th congressional district
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Last Updated
Mar 14, 1997
8 pages
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H.R. 1833 (104th) was a previous version of this bill.

Vetoed & Override Passed House, Failed in Senate
Sep 26, 1996

H.R. 3660 (106th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Passed House
Last Action: Apr 05, 2000


This bill was introduced on March 12, 1997, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Mar 05, 1997
Referred to Committee Mar 05, 1997
Reported by Committee Mar 12, 1997
Full Title

To amend title 18, United States Code, to ban partial-birth abortions.


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181 cosponsors (155R, 26D) (show)

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3/14/1997--Reported to House amended.
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1997 - Amends the Federal criminal code to prohibit performing a partial birth abortion in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, unless it is necessary to save the life of the mother and no other medical procedure would suffice.
Prescribes penalties.
Defines a "partial birth abortion" as an abortion in which a living fetus is partially vaginally delivered and killed before delivery is completed.
Authorizes the father and, if the mother is under 18 years of age, the maternal grandparents of the fetus to obtain specified relief in a civil action, even if the mother consented to the abortion, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff's criminal conduct, the plaintiff consented to the abortion, or the plaintiff is a father who abandoned or abused the mother.
Prohibits the prosecution of a woman upon whom a partial-birth abortion is performed for conspiracy to violate this Act or under provisions regarding punishment as a principal or an accessory or for concealment of a felony.

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