California Moves to Ban Abortion Procedure
The Appropriations Committee of the California State Assembly approved a bill Wednesday (5-8) to ban a rare form of abortion used to save the life, health or future fertility of a woman. President Clinton vetoed a similar federal measure last month. The California bill would fine doctors up to $10,000 for performing the procedure unless the physician had determined no other procedure would save the life of the woman. Clinton had asked Congress to allow the procedure to also protect the health of a woman, but Congress refused to comply. Planned Parenthood, the Commission on the Status of Women, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists all oppose the bill.
Media Resources: The San Francisco Chronicle - May 9, 1996