partial-birth abortion


Definition of partial-birth abortion

: dilation and extraction … upholding a ban on so-called partial-birth abortion, a nonmedical term devised by the powerful antichoice lobby to attack a particular late-term abortion procedure.— Edd Doerr

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More than policy shapes senators’ confirmation votes Collins was one of only three Republican senators who voted against the ban on partial-birth abortions, a 2003 law that prohibited certain late-term abortions. Michele L. Swers, Washington Post, "Will Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski support Trump’s Supreme Court nominee? Here’s what history tells us.," 6 July 2018 Chabot has a strong pro-life record, having been the main sponsor of legislation in 2003 to ban partial-birth abortions. Jason Williams,, "PX: Aftab Pureval changes address, links Chabot to Trump, explains stance on abortion," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of partial-birth abortion

1995, in the meaning defined above

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partial-birth abortion

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Medical Definition of partial-birth abortion


not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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