Mark Kirk on Abortion

Last Updated : Jul 12, 2010

Summary

Congressman Kirk is pro-choice. While not addressing the matter on his campaign or election website, he has voiced concerns for a woman's right to chose.

While in office, Congressman Kirk has voted against a partial birth abortion ban, against creating a law to make a separate crime when an offender knowingly harms a fetus with the mother, and against creating a law against transporting a minor across state lines for the purposes of an abortion without the consent of the parents.

 

Chicago Sun-Times

In July of 2008, Congressman Kirk was quoted in a Chicago Sun-Times article.  In that editorial, the author is discussing the Bush Administration's attempts to enforce pro-life measures at the end of the administration. Congressman Kirk is quoted as opposing those measures.

We have a number of end-of-administration issues that can potentially hurt a woman's right to chose. 

 

Voting Record

Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act

In December of 2006, the house attempted to pass the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006. The act sought to require an abortion provider who knowingly performs an abortion of a child who has reached 20 weeks or more to inform the woman of (among other things) the probable age of the child, and obtain the woman\'s signature on the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Decision Form. Despite the support of most of the Republicans and 40 Democrats, the measure failed to pass in roll call 526. Mark Kirk voted against the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act.

Mark Kirk voted against the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act.

Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006

The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006 created a set of requirements for a doctor performing an abortion. These requirements included informing the mother as to the age of the child and informing the mother that the child could experience pain during the procedure. The measure failed 250-162. Mark Kirk voted against the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006

Mark Kirk voted against the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006

Child Custody Protection Act

In September of 2006, the House passed the Child Custody Protection Act 264-153 and sent the measure back to the Senate. The CCPA was slightly different than the Senate version and did not pass the Senate. Mark Kirk voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Mark Kirk voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

In April of 2005, the house passed the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. The measure sought to amend the federal criminal code to prohibit transporting a minor across a state line to obtain an abortion.The measure passed the house in roll call 144, but no vote was taken in the Senate. Mark Kirk voted against the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

Mark Kirk voted against the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

Laci and Connors Law

The unborn victims of violence law was also called Laci and Connor\'s law. The law stated that anyone who harmed a fetus in utero was guilty of a seperate offense, provided they knew the victim was pregnant and intended to harm the unborn child. The bill was supported by most Republicans and oppossed by most Democrats in a 254-163 vote. Mark Kirk voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Law.

Mark Kirk voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Law.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act

In October of 2003, the House passed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 281-142 vote. In this particular vote, the House agreed to the conference report from the Senate. Mark Kirk cast a "No Vote"

Partial Birth Abortion

In June of 2003, the House passed the partial birth abortion ban act. The legislation sought to to prohibit any physician or other individual from knowingly performing a partial-birth abortion, except when necessary to save the life of a mother that is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury. Although it passed in the house, it was not brought to a vote in the Senate. Mark Kirk voted against the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.

Mark Kirk voted against the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.

Child Custody Protection Act

The Child Custody Protection Act amended the Federal criminal code to prohibit transporting an individual under age 18 across a State line to obtain an abortion. The Act passed the House in a 260-161 vote, but did this particular bill did not come up for a vote in the Senate. Mark Kirk voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Mark Kirk voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002

In September of 2002, the House passed the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002 229-189. This legislation prohibited the Federal Government, and any State or local government that receives Federal financial assistance, from discriminating against any health care entity because the entity refuses to provide coverage of, or pay for, induced abortions. Mark Kirk voted against the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002.

Mark Kirk voted against the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002.

Unborn Victims of Violence Act

In April of 2001, the House voted on the Unborn victims of violence act to enact punishment for federal crimes committed against a mother and her fetus. The measure passed the House 252-172 but was not voted on in the Senate. Mark Kirk voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Mark Kirk voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Mexico City Policy

The amendment in question sought to preserve the "Mexico City" policy which prohibited funds to foreign organizations that promote abortions. A vote in favor of the amendment was a vote to preserve the rule. A vote against the amendment was a vote to abolish the policy. The Amendment had a 218-210 vote. Mark Kirk voted against the Mexico City Polity Amendment.

Mark Kirk voted against the Mexico City Polity Amendment.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

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