Chet Edwards on Abortion

Last Updated : Oct 21, 2010

Summary

Congressman Edwards has stated that he strongly opposes partial birth abortions but voted against the ban because there was not an exception for the health of the mother.

While in office, Congressman Edwards has voted in favor of making it illegal to transport a minor across state lines for the purposes of an abortion without the consent of the minor's parents, voted against a ban on partial birth abortions, against a measure to create a second crime when a fetus is intentionally injured along with the mother, against the "Mexico City" policy of restricting funds to organizations that provide abortions, and against a law to require a mother to be made aware that the fetus may experience pain during an abortion.

 

Comments on Partial Birth Abortion

After a ban on partial birth abortion passed the House, Congressman Edwards issued a press release that stated why he voted against the ban.

Statement of Congressman Chet Edwards on today’s Senate-passed “Partial Birth Abortion” Ban

“I strongly oppose late-term abortions. But, I believe when a woman’s health is at risk, that decision should be made by the woman and her doctor, and not by politicians in Washington, DC.

The Senate bill does not include a health exception as clearly required by the U.S. Supreme Court, so it is a false promise. I wish the House leadership would put aside “sound bite” politics and pass my bill, which would outlaw all late-term abortion procedures, not just one procedure.”

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. Chet Edwards voted against the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act.

Chet Edwards 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. Chet Edwards voted against the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006

Chet Edwards 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. Chet Edwards voted in favor of the Child Custody Protection Act.

Chet Edwards voted in favor of 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. Chet Edwards voted in favor of the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

Chet Edwards voted in favor of 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. Chet Edwards voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Law.

Chet Edwards 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. Chet Edwards voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Chet Edwards voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

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. Chet Edwards voted against the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.

Chet Edwards 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. Chet Edwards voted in favor of the Child Custody Protection Act.

Chet Edwards voted in favor of 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. Chet Edwards voted against the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002.

Chet Edwards 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. Chet Edwards voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Chet Edwards 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. Chet Edwards voted against the Mexico City Polity Amendment.

Chet Edwards voted against the Mexico City Polity Amendment.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000

In April of 2000, the House passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000 287-141. The legislation made it a crime to perform a partial-birth abortion. Chet Edwards voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000.

Chet Edwards voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000.

Unborn Victims of Violence Act

In September of 1999, 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 254-172 but was not voted on in the Senate. Chet Edwards voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Chet Edwards voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Child Custody Protection Act

In June of 1999, the House passed the Child Custody Protection Act 270-159. The legislation sought to prohibit transporting an individual under age 18 across a State line to obtain an abortion. Chet Edwards voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Chet Edwards voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act

296-132. The legislation sought to prohibit any physician from knowingly performing a partial-birth abortion unless it is necessary to save the life of the mother. Chet Edwards voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Chet Edwards voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Child Custody Protection Act

In July of 1998, the House passed the Child Custody Protection Act 276-150. The legislation sought to prohibit and set penalties for transporting an individual under age 18 across a State line to obtain an abortion. Chet Edwards voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Chet Edwards voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act

In March of 1997, the House passed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act 295-136. The legislation did not have enough votes to overturn a veto. Chet Edwards voted against the ban.

Chet Edwards voted against the ban.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act

In November of 1995, the House passed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act 288-139. The legislation was eventually vetoed by President Bush. Chet Edwards voted against the partial birth abortion ban.

Chet Edwards voted against the partial birth abortion ban.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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