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...Anti-Choice Campaign. Interview with Karyn Strickler, executive director of Fifty Plus One, conducted by Between the Lines' Denise Manzari
Senate Passage of "Partial Birth Abortion" Ban is Important Gain in Anti-Choice Campaign

Interview with Karyn Strickler, executive director of Fifty Plus One, conducted by Between the Lines' Denise Manzari

On March 13, the Senate voted to pass the deceptively named "partial birth" abortion ban. The Republican-controlled Senate passed the bill 64-33 with 16 Democrats voting in favor. Similar bills passed the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate several times before, but were vetoed by then-President Bill Clinton because they did not include an exemption to protect a pregnant woman's health.

The term "partial birth" abortion was first introduced eight years ago by the anti-choice movement and cannot be found in any medical dictionary. The language of the bill is vaguely worded, and critics charge this is intentional, so conservative judges, appointed by President Bush, can then interpret the legislation to broadly ban safe and commonly-used abortion procedures.

Washington Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell stated the abortion ban "unconstitutionally restricts women's rights, no matter where a woman is in her pregnancy."

The bill is expected to pass in the House later this year and be signed into law by President Bush, but opponents of the legislation will almost certainly try to overturn the ban by appealing to the Supreme Court.

Karyn Strickler is the founder and executive director of Fifty Plus One, a group she led in a campaign to defeat the so-called "partial birth" abortion ban in Maryland in 1998. She spoke with Between The Lines' Denise Manzari and says the ban is still not recognized for what it is: part of a carefully crafted, national strategy to ban all abortion.

Read Karyn Strickler's article "Partial Birth Abortion Bans: 'Why Does the Big Lie Continue?'" at www.commondreams.org

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Really? 22.Mar.2003 06:54

Woodsman

What about the right of all these little people to pursue life, liberty and happiness? And if its not a person then what is it?

Brilliant Deception 22.Mar.2003 11:13

anne frank

The "partial-Birth abortion" horror is another of the fundamentalist's brilliant ploys to divide and distract the American people. This heinously skillful strategy has been patiently promoted for the past ten years or more. I have been a midwife for 15 years and my husband has been a physician for 35, and there is NO SUCH THING as "partial birth abortion". This created issue has been extremely effective in dividing political groups, including the National Organization for Women and the Women's Political Caucus. The lackeys in the medical associations aren't saying anything because they're sucking from the Regime's tit, as our "elected" officials are. Roe v. Wade will not need to be struck down because the Regime has been successful in taking the legs off of it.

We're fast-tracking back to the 12th Century. Time to turn off the televisions and get to work.