Tammy Baldwin on Abortion

Last Updated : Oct 31, 2012

Summary

Congresswoman Baldwin is strongly pro-choice. She supports government funding for abortions and has opposed bans on partial birth abortions and numerous other pieces of legislation. She also supports assisting other countries in family planning measures and once co-sponsored legislation stating that the US should develop, promote, and implement domestic and international policies to slow rapid global population growth by voluntary means.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

In opposing the partial-birth ban in 2000, Congresswoman stated that the legislation was is in direct contravention of the court's ruling in Roe vs Wade. She also asserted that the bill did not ban post-viability abortions, banned abortion procedures regardless of how far along in a woman's pregnancy the decision occurs, and does not provide an exception to preserve the health of a mother as required by law. Finally, she stated that the legislation describes a medical procedure that no doctor in this land would recognize.

In 2002, Congresswoman Baldwin argued for an exception to the ban to protect the health of the mother, sating that such an exemption is constitutionally required. She discussed stories in which the procedure was medically necessary. In 2003, Congresswoman Baldwin again argued against the legislation using the same logic that women may face severe health consequences such as death, infertility, paralysis, coma, stroke, hemorrhage, brain damage, infection, liver damage, and kidney damage without an exception to the ban for the health of the mother.

Unborn Victims of Violence Act

In 2001, Congresswoman Baldwin opposed the UVVA and stated that the bill was being sold as a mechanism to punish criminals, but really set the stage for a legislative assault on Roe v. Wade by treating a fetus from the moment of conception as an individual with extensive legal rights, distinct from the mother. She added that an attack against an unborn child is necessarily an attack against a pregnant woman and that laws concerning the violence against women should be strengthened.

Speaking against the legislation again in 2004, Congresswoman Baldwin stated that the bill was nothing more than an attack on a woman's right to choose. She asserted tha this was accomplished by using the phrase ``child in utero'' to include any member of the species Homo sapiens at any stage of development who is carried in the woman. By providing protections for an embryo or fetus, regardless of the stage of development, from conception to birth Congresswoman Baldwin asserted that this fetal personhood established a legal framework to attack a woman's right to choose as guaranteed by the Supreme Court in the Roe v. Wade decision. She added that the bill forged new ground in attempting to recognize embryos and fetuses at all stages of development as persons with the same legal status as the mother.

Child Interstate Notification Act

In 2005, Congresswoman Baldwin opposed legislation to make parents aware when minors cross state lines to have an abortion. Congresswoman Baldwin stated that in a perfect world, every child would be able to turn to their parents for guidance, every parent would have their child's best interests in mind, and every parent would create a safe and loving home where their teens could talk openly about important decisions. However, the world is not perfect and mandatory parental notification and consent laws harm exactly those people whom our laws should be looking out for, those who cannot turn to their parents for guidance.

Empowerment of Women

In 2009, Congresswoman Baldwin was asked by a reporter what one thing had contributed the most to the empowerment of women. She stated that it is the array of legal choices a woman now has that make it possible for her to plan her family--to decide whether to have children, and to decide when to have children. She added that in the days before women were able to legally access contraception and abortion services, women often had to drop out of school, few could pursue careers in the professions, and too many women in desperate circumstances lost their lives from so-called back-alley abortions.

Protect Life Act

In 2011, Congresswoman Baldwin opposed the Protect Life Act. She called the legislation divisive and extreme and that it would take away a women's ability to make their own important life decisions about their reproductive health.

 

Partial Birth Abortion Ban of 2000

In April of 2000, Congresswoman Baldwin spoke on the House floor in opposition to the Partial Birth Abortion Ban of 2000. She stated that the ban would apply to all abortions and not just the late term abortions. She also stated that the procedure described within the legislation is not one that any doctor would recognize.

 

Unborn Victims of Violence Act

In April of 2001, Congresswoman Baldwin spoke on the House floor in opposition to the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. She stated that the legislation was not what it appeared to be, but rather a relude to outlawing abortion.

 

Partial Birth Abortion Ban of 2002

In July of 2002, Congresswoman Baldwin spoke on the House floor in support of an amendment to the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2002 to allow for an exception to the ban for the health of the mother.

 

Health Exception

In June of 2003, Congresswoman Baldwin spoke on the House floor in support of an amendment to add an exception for the health of the mother.

 

 

Unborn Victims of Violence Act

In February of 2004, Congresswoman Baldwin spoke on the House floor in opposition to the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. She cites a number of reasons similar to those she gave in the past in being hesitant that the bill could lead to a total abortion ban.

 

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

In April of 2005, Congresswoman Baldwin spoke on the House floor in opposition to the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

 

Opposition to Stupak/Pitts Amendment

In November of 2009, Congresswoman Baldwin spoke on the House floor in opposition to an amendment to prevent the use of federal funds for abortion by preventing plans covered by those funds from covering abortion.

 

Protect Life Act

In October of 2011, Congresswoman Baldwin spoke on the House floor in opposition to the Protect Life Act. She stated that the Republican majority to respect women's important life decisions, and it is time that they start to stand and start to refocus on the priorities of this country right now--jobs and growing the economy.

 

Official Website Statements

 

Voting Record

Amendment - Planned Parenthood Funds

In February of 2011, the House passed an amendment to prevent the use of funds by Planned Parenthood. Tammy Baldwin voted against an amendment to prevent funds from going to planned parenthood.

Tammy Baldwin voted against an amendment to prevent funds from going to planned parenthood.

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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Law.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the Mexico City Polity Amendment.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

Tammy Baldwin voted against the Child Custody Protection Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5121; Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Authorizes the President to provide assistance to: (1) support the achievement of universal access to sexual and reproductive health in developing countries and to ensure that individuals and couples can freely and responsibly determine the number, timing, and spacing of their children and have the means to do so; (2) reduce the incidence of unsafe abortion in developing countries and provide care for women experiencing injury or illness from complications of unsafe abortion; (3) ensure that sexual and reproductive health services are provided in developing countries at every phase of a humanitarian emergency; and (4) ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care for young people in developing countries. Directs the President to implement a strategy to improve and create linkages among the various components of sexual and reproductive health to ensure that individual men and women are provided with a continuum of appropriate sexual and reproductive health services. States that assistance under this Act shall: (1) promote coordination between and among donors, the private sector, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, and governments in order to support sexual and reproductive health programs in developing countries; and (2) be used for the conduct of formative research and to monitor and evaluate program effectiveness.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1964; Freedom of Choice Act - Cosponsor

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.

Session-107; Bill Number-H Con Res 70; Population Reduction - Cosponsor

Expresses the sense of Congress that the United States should develop, promote, and implement domestic and international policies to: (1) create a sustainable balance between the world's human population and the natural environment; and (2) slow rapid global population growth by voluntary means consistent with human rights and individual conscience.

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