Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995

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For the 2003 law, see Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995
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Legislative history
  • Introduced in the House by Charles T. Canady (R-FL) on June 14, 1995
  • Passed the House on November 1, 1995 (288-139)
  • Passed the Senate on December 7, 1995 (98-1) with amendment
  • House agreed to Senate amendment on March 27, 1996 (286-129)
  • Vetoed by President Bill Clinton on
  • Overridden by the House on September 19, 1996 (285-137)

The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act was a bill introduced in the Congress of the United States in 1995 by Florida Representative Charles T. Canady which prohibited intact dilation and extraction, sometimes referred to as partial-birth abortion, which the Act described as "an abortion in which the person performing the abortion partially vaginally delivers a living fetus before killing the fetus and completing the delivery". The bill was passed by both houses of Congress, but then vetoed by US President Bill Clinton. The House overrode President Clinton’s 1996 veto, but the Senate was several votes short of the required 2/3rds requirement with a margin of 58 yeas to 40 nays.[1]

A similar bill was later passed in 2003 as the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, signed into law by President George W. Bush.


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