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In Congress, 2006:

H.R.5052 - Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act



Latest Major Action:
4/19/2006 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Title: To direct the Federal Trade Commission to prescribe rules prohibiting fraudulent advertising of abortion services.


H.R.5151 - Freedom of Choice Act



Latest Major Action:
4/6/2006 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Title: To protect, consistent with Roe v. Wade, a woman's freedom to choose to bear a child or terminate a pregnancy, and for other purposes.


H.R.4736 - Ensuring Access to Contraceptives Act of 2006


Latest Major Action: 2/8/2006 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on International Relations.

Title: To amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to authorize assistance to provide contraceptives in developing countries in order to prevent unintended pregnancies, abortions, and the transmission of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.

In Congress, 2005:

H.R.748 - Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act



Latest Major Action:
7/11/2005 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 157.

Title: To amend title 18, United States Code, to prevent the transportation of minors in circumvention of certain laws relating to abortion, and for other purposes.


H.R.2971 - Parental Notification and Intervention Act of 2005


Latest Major Action: 7/1/2005 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

Title: To provide for parental notification and intervention in the case of a minor seeking an abortion.


H.R.2928 - Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act


Latest Major Action: 7/1/2005 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

Title: To provide for the provision by hospitals of emergency contraceptives to women who are survivors of sexual assault.


S.1279 - Parents Right to Know Act of 2005


Latest Major Action: 6/21/2005 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Title: A bill to establish certain requirements relating to the provision of services to minors by family planning projects under title X of the Public Health Service Act.


H.R.1709 - Prevention First Act

Latest Major Action: 5/13/2005 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

Title: To expand access to preventive health care services that help reduce unintended pregnancy, reduce the number of abortions, and improve access to women's health care.

Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act; Emergency Contraception Education Act; Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage Act; Family Planning State Empowerment Act; ; Preventing Teen Pregnancy Act; Title X Family Planning Services Act of 2005
Truth in Contraception Act



H.R.776 - Sanctity of Life Act of 2005

Latest Major Action: 4/4/2005 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property.

Title: To provide that human life shall be deemed to exist from conception.


H.J.RES.4 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States with respect to the right to life.


Latest Major Action: 3/2/2005 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution.

Title: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States with respect to the right to life.

SECTION 1. With respect to the right to life, the word `person' as used in this article and in the fifth and fourteenth articles of amendment applies to all human beings irrespective of age, health, function, or condition of dependency, including their unborn offspring at every state of their biological development.

`SECTION 2. No unborn person shall be deprived of life by any person: Provided, however, That nothing in this article shall prohibit a law permitting only those medical procedures required to prevent the death of the mother of an unborn person: Provided further, That nothing in this article shall limit the liberty of a mother with respect to the unborn offspring of the mother conceived as a result of rape or incest.

`SECTION 3. The Congress and the several States shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation'.


H.J.RES.31 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to equality of rights and reproductive rights.



Latest Major Action:
3/2/2005 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Judiciary.

Title: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to equality of rights and reproductive rights.

`SECTION 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

`SECTION 2. Reproductive rights for women under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State.

`SECTION 3. The Congress shall have power to enforce and implement this article by appropriate legislation.

`SECTION 4. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.'


H.R.552 - Right to Life Act


Latest Major Action:
3/2/2005 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution.

Title: To implement equal protection under the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution for the right to life of each born and preborn human person.


H.R.777 - Taxpayers' Freedom of Conscience Act of 2005


Latest Major Action:
2/25/2005 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Chairman.

Title: To prohibit any Federal official from expending any Federal funds for any population control or population planning program or any family planning activity.


H.R.356 - Abortion Pain bill or Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2005


Latest Major Action:
2/25/2005 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

Title: To ensure that women seeking an abortion are fully informed regarding the pain experienced by their unborn child.

In Congress, 2004:

S.2466 - Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2004


vv: Another bill intended to give status to give person-status to a non-viable fetus and diminish the rights and value of the woman carrying it.



Latest Major Action:
6/3/2004: Introductory remarks on measure. (CR S6443-6444)

Title: A bill to ensure that women seeking an abortion are fully informed regarding the pain experienced by their unborn child.

vv: I have yet to locate evidence that an unviable fetus can experience pain - if you locate medical evidence (statements made by legislators who have no medical expertise are not acceptable as evidence) please forward the source.

S.851 - Child Custody Protection Act

Latest Major Action: 6/3/2004 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held.

Title: To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.

Amends the Federal criminal code to prohibit transporting a minor across a State line to obtain an abortion and thereby abridging the right of a parent under a law in force in the State where the minor resides requiring parental involvement in a minor's abortion decision. Makes an exception if the abortion was necessary to save the life of the minor.

S.3719 - Freedom of Choice Act

The pro-choice community is working to guarantee the right to choose through the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA)
Latest Major Action: 3/1/2004 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution.

Title: To prohibit, consistent with Roe v. Wade, the interference by the government with a woman's right to choose to bear a child or terminate a pregnancy, and for other purposes.

FOCA will secure the right to choose by establishing a federal law that will guarantee reproductive freedom for future generations of American women. This guarantee will protect women's rights even if President Bush and an anti-choice Congress are successful in reversing Roe v. Wade or enacting even more restrictions on our right to choose

In Congress, 2003:

S.3 - Partial-Birth Abortion Ban of 2003



Latest Major Action:
11/5/2003: Became Public Law No: 108-105.

Title: A bill to prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion.

Doctors no longer will be able to decide what is best for the health of their patients. Politicians in Washington have decided they know best — better than physicians, better than women and their families, better than the Supreme Court of the United States who struck down virtually identical legislation two years ago.


S.1397 - Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2003



Latest Major Action:
7/14/2003 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Title: A bill to prohibit certain abortion-related discrimination in governmental activities.

vv: Don't let the title confuse you. This bill is about ensuring that health organizations that refuse to provide coverage of, or pay for, induced abortions, do receive government funding.


H.R.1545 - Partial-Birth Abortion Funding Ban Act of 2003



Latest Major Action:
4/10/2003 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

Title: To prohibit Federal officials from paying any Federal funds to any individual or entity that performs partial-birth abortions.

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S.340 - Informed Choice Act


Latest Major Action:
2/11/2003 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Title: A bill to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make grants to nonprofit tax-exempt organizations for the purchase of ultrasound equipment to provide free examinations to pregnant women needing such services, and for other purposes. .

vv: organizations eligible for the grants must agree to show each pregnant woman the visual image of the fetus, the exact age of the embryo and information on alternatives to abortion such as adoption and childbirth.


S.1930 - RU-486 Suspension and Review Act of 2003


Latest Major Action:
1/21/2003 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Title: A bill to provide that the approved application under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for the drug commonly known as RU-486 is deemed to have been withdrawn, to provide for the review by the Comptroller General of the United States of the process by which the Food and Drug Administration approved such drug, and for other purposes.

vv: Legislators have no business making decisions about the safe use of any drugs - that authority belongs to doctors and scientists, and is dispensed through the FDA.

In Congress, 2002:

H.R. 4122 - Abstinence-only Education


Federal funding would only go to programs that do not provide information on contraception

in detail


Latest Major Action:
4/23/2002 Referred to House subcommittee. Latest Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

Title: To amend title V of the Social Security Act to extend abstinence education funding under maternal and child health program through fiscal year 2007 and to amend title XIX of that Act to extend the authorization of transitional medical assistance for 1 year.

H.R. 476 - Abortion Parental Notification bill

what's it all about

Latest Major Action: 4/17/2002 Passed in the House, 260 - 161 and Referred to Senate committee

3/20/2002 House committee/subcommittee actions: Ordered to be Reported by the Yeas and Nays: 19 - 6.

Title: To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.

In Congress, 2001:

H.R. 503 - Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2001



Latest Major Action
: 6/8/2001 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 72.
Title: To amend title 18, United States Code, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice to protect unborn children from assault and murder, and for other purposes.

H.R.1111 (House)

Title: To require equitable coverage of prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, and contraceptive services under health plans.

Latest Major Action: 5/30/2001 Referred to House subcommittee

   
 
January 22nd, 2002 was the 29th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

so, on January 18th, President Bush proclaims National Sanctity of Human Life Day

"...Unborn children should be welcomed in life and protected in law..."

President Bush proclaims January 20, 2002 National Sanctity of Human Life Day...read the proclamation

 
  On the evening of January 17, 2002, nearly 1400 NARAL supporters gathered for an evening of celebration in honor of the 29th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Award-winning actors Amy Madigan and Ed Harris emceed the event...read more

An Overview of Abortion in the United States
This slide presentation presents the facts on abortion in the United States, developed by The Alan Guttmacher Institute and Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health¨ (PRCH).
It makes it easy to provide the most important and comprehensive statistics on the incidence of unintended pregnancy and abortion...click here to access presentation

 
 
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