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Clinton Again Vetoes Abortion Ban

Opponents of 'partial-birth' techniques vow override attempt

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WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Oct. 10) --President Bill Clinton today vetoed the latest bill barring certain late-term abortions, and its supporters vowed an override attempt.

Rep. Charles Canady (R-Fla.), who sponsored the bill, said its backers would "work tirelessly to get the last few votes needed in the Senate."

"Now Bill Clinton will go down in history as the president whose veto had to be overridden in order to protect the innocent babies from a brutal, heinous death," Canady said in a statement.

Clinton also vetoed last year's version of the bill, which would bar techniques known by opponents as "partial-birth" abortions.

But the issue got new life when the American Medical Association threw its support behind the bill and a prominent supporter of the techniques admitted that he had lied about the number of times per year the techniques were used.

"The president is confident his position can be sustained," said White House spokesman Mike McCurry.

But it may be close: the bill passed the Senate by only three votes less than the two-thirds majority needed. It sailed through the House Wednesday with more than enough support to do so.


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