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Capitol Health Call
April 2, 2003

HHS Inspector General to Go

JAMA. 2003;289(13):1625. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1625-a

Senate abortion opponents are predicting victory for a bill (S3) to ban so-called partial-birth abortions. In October 1999, President Bill Clinton vetoed a similar bill that had passed 63-34. Bill sponsor Sen Rick Santorum (R, Pa) said that he expects this year's version to sail through the Senate.

The bill defines the procedure as one in which a physician performs "an overt act that the person knows will kill the partially delivered living fetus." The ban would apply when the "entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother or, in the case of breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother."

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