Criticizes Vote for Harmful Abortion Ban

Burlington, VT, October 2, 2003

BURLINGTON—Today, Democratic presidential candidate Governor Howard Dean, M.D., sharply criticized the latest congressional vote on the so-called 'partial-birth abortion ban':

“As a physician, I am outraged that the House of Representatives has decided it is qualified to practice medicine. There is no such thing as 'partial birth abortion' in medical literature. But there are times when a doctor is called upon to perform a late term abortion to save a woman's life or protect her from serious injury. Today the House took a step toward making it a crime for a doctor to perform such medically necessary procedures.

“This bill will chill the practice of medicine and endanger the lives of countless women. Despite what politicians tell you, there is not an epidemic of third trimester abortions in this country. This kind of legislation serves the sole purpose of chipping away women's constitutionally protected reproductive rights and overturning Roe v. Wade.”

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