Richard Lugar on Abortion

Last Updated : Apr 25, 2012

Summary

Senator Lugar is pro-life. Although he has not been particularly vocal in the matter, he has stated that he meets with pro-life groups every year.

While in office, Senator Lugar has cast 15 votes relating to abortion that we are currently tracking. Five of these votes deal with the ban on partial-birth abortions. In each of these votes, Senator Lugar supported the ban. The votes took place in 1995, 1997, 2000, and twice in 2003. In addition, Senator Lugar co-sponsored legislaiton in each session to ban the procedure.

Two of the votes taken during Senator Lugar's tenure have dealt with Roe vs Wade. Each time, Senator Lugar voted either in favor of a resolution opposing the decision, or against a measure supporting it.

Senator Lugar has also twice voted in favor of the Child Interstate Notification Act. Both of these votes took place in 2006 and make it a crime to transport a minor across state lines for the purposes of an abortion without the consent of the minor;s parents.

Senator Lugar also voted in favor of the Unborn Victim's of Violence Act. This law adds an additional crime when someone intentionally harms a fetus while harming the mother.

There have also been 5 votes taken on the matter of prohibiting funding from going to abortion providers or entities that promote abortions. Senator Lugar supported those measures in all but one case. That vote was on an amendment to a funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

Senator Lugar has recently been strongly opposed to measures within the Obamacare legislation that would require coverage for abortions in health care plans. He has co-sponsored the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act and the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act.

 

Meeting with Pro-Life Groups

In January of 2012, Senator Lugar released a press statement noting his support for pro-life policies and his yearly meetings with pro-life groups.

 

Respect for Rights of Conscience

In February of 2012, Senator Lugar issued a press statement noting his support for legislation called the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act that would overturn a portion of the Obamacare legislation that requires coverage of contraception and other services. A second press statement was released in March, noting his support for the Blunt amendment to counteract the law.

 

Voting Record

Amendment - Funds to coercive abortions

On March 2, 2009, Senator Wicker submitted amendment SA 607. The amendment was made to the omnibus appropriations act for fiscal year 2009, and it sought to ensure that money which was sent to the United Nations from the US was not used in programs the sought to limit populations through forced sterilization or coercive abortion. The amendment specifically mentions the programs in China. Most Republicans supported the amendment and most Democrats opposed it. The amendment failed 55-39. Richard Lugar voted in favor of the amendment to prevent aid funds from being used for coercive abortions.

Richard Lugar voted in favor of the amendment to prevent aid funds from being used for coercive abortions.

Amendment - SCHIP and unborn children

On March 14, 2008 the Senate attempted to pass an amendment to the congressional budget for 2008. The amendment was to clarify the definition of a child for SCHIP purposes. SCHIP is the State Children\'s Health Insurance Program. The program covers children up to the age of 18 with health care. Although the program is funded by the federal government, implementation of the program is left up to the states. Many states provide health care to pregnant women above the age of 18, but justify the care as necessary for the health of the unborn child. This amendment sought to clarify such legislation by establishing a sets of codes for when such care can be given by the states. It is an attempt to put into writing when the pregnancy is considered a "child" and therefore enters into the realm of abortion as designating an embryo as a child for the purposes of giving it care under SCHIP would also imply that an abortion at or later than that time would amount to the killing of a child, and not an undefined mass of cells. The amendment failed to pass with most Republicans supporting it and most Democrats opposing it in roll call 81. Those supporting the bill can be seen as attempting to establish when the definition of a "child" can be given to a developing fetus. Richard Lugar voted in favor of the amendment to define a child for SCHIP purposes.

Richard Lugar voted in favor of the amendment to define a child for SCHIP purposes.

Amendment - Funding for enforcement

Congress has passed laws which prohibit an adult from taking a minor across state lines when the state laws require parental consent for an abortion. On March 13, 2008 the Senate voted on an amendment for funding of "vigorous enforcement" of the law. The amendment got the support of most Republicans and the opposition of most Democrats. If failed in a 49-49 vote. Richard Lugar voted in favor of the amendment to provide funding to enforce abortion laws.

Richard Lugar voted in favor of the amendment to provide funding to enforce abortion laws.

Amendment to Prohibit Funds

In October of 2007, the Senate voted on an amendment to prohibit funds from being dispersed to groups that encourage or perform abortions. The measure failed to pass the Senate 41-52. Richard Lugar voted against the amendment.

Richard Lugar voted against the amendment.

Amendment - funds to abortion providers

Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas placed an amendment into the Consolidated Appropriations spending bill to ensure that funding did not go to groups that may support coercive abortion. The amendment failed in a 48-45 vote. Richard Lugar voted in favor of the amendment to ensure that funding does not go to abortion providers.

Richard Lugar voted in favor of the amendment to ensure that funding does not go to abortion providers.

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

The second vote on the legislation came as the bill returned from the US House. In roll call 263, supporters of the bill failed to get the 60 votes required for cloture. The bill did not proceed further as most Republicans supported the legislation and most Democrats oppossed it. Richard Lugar supported the legislation by voting for cloture.

Richard Lugar supported the legislation by voting for cloture.

Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act

There have been 2 votes in the Senate concerning the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act S 403. The Act prohibited transporting a minor child across a state line to obtain an abortion. There was an exception in the bill if the life of the mother was at risk, and those transporting the minor could not be prosecuted if there was reason to believe that the transporters were under the impression that permission had been given from the minor\'s parents. The first vote on this bill came as the bill passed through the Senate. The bill passed the senate in a 54-34 vote with most Republicans supporting it, and about 1/3 of Democrats supporting it. Richard Lugar supported the Notification Act.

Richard Lugar supported the Notification Act.

Unborn Victims of Violence Act

The Unborn Victim\'s of Violence Act of 2004 (also known as Laci and Connor\'s Law) provides that persons who commit certain Federal violent crimes and thereby cause the death of, or bodily injury to, a child who is in utero shall be guilty of a separate offense. The bill came up vote a vote in March of 2004, and passed with the support of a vast majority of Republicans and about 1/3 of the Democrats. Richard Lugar voted in favor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Richard Lugar voted in favor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

Partial Birth Abortion

In 1999 the US Senate voted to ban Partial Birth Abortions. The bill defined the term "partial birth abortion" and then made it a crime for a physician to commit such an act. The act defined partial birth abortion as an abortion in which the person performing the abortion deliberately and intentionally: vaginally delivers some portion of an intact living fetus until the fetus is partially outside the body of the mother, for the purpose of performing an overt act that the person knows will kill the fetus while the fetus is partially outside the mother's body; performs the overt act that kills the fetus while the intact living fetus is partially outside the mother's body. The bill initially passed the Senate in Roll Call 51 in 2003. Richard Lugar voted in favor of the ban when it initially came up in the Senate.

Richard Lugar voted in favor of the ban when it initially came up in the Senate.

Expressing the Sense of the Senate in Roe vs Wade

In March of 2003, the Senate voted on a sense of the Senate resolution affirming their support for the Supreme court's decision in Roe vs Wade. The measure passed the Senate 52-46. Richard Lugar voted against the measure and opposed the sense of the Senate in Roe vs Wade.

Richard Lugar voted against the measure and opposed the sense of the Senate in Roe vs Wade.

Partial Birth Abortion

The 2003 Partial Birth Abortion Ban defined the term as an abortion in which the person performing the abortion: deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus until, in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the mother's body, or, in the case of a breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the mother's body; performs the overt act, other than completion of delivery, that kills the partially delivered living fetus. The bill was voted on separately and in a conference report. Richard Lugar voted in favor of the ban when it came up in the conference report.

Richard Lugar voted in favor of the ban when it came up in the conference report.

Partial Birth Abortion

After the 2000 Partial Birth Abortion Bill passed the Senate, it went over to the House and was voted on again in roll call 402 to pass the conference report which was the compilation of the bills in the House and Senate. Richard Lugar voted in favor of the ban in 2000.

Richard Lugar voted in favor of the ban in 2000.

Roe vs Wade

As part of the 1999 partial birth abortion ban, an amendment was introduced to express the sense of the senate in expressing support for Roe vs Wade. The amendment was supported by a majority of Democrats and a few Republicans The amendment passed in a 51-47 vote. Richard Lugar voted against the amendment and thus opposed Roe vs Wade.

Richard Lugar voted against the amendment and thus opposed Roe vs Wade.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1997

In May of 1997, the Senate passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1997 in a 64-36 vote. The Senate did not have the numbers to overturn a Presidential veto. Richard Lugar voted in favor of the ban.

Richard Lugar voted in favor of the ban.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995

In December of 1995, the Senate passed the partial-birth abortion ban act 54-44. The legislation was vetoed by President Clinton. Richard Lugar voted in favor of the ban.

Richard Lugar voted in favor of the ban.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-108; Bill Number-S 3; Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 - Cosponsor

This legislation sought to prohibit any physician or other individual from knowingly performing a partial-birth abortion, except when necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury. The law authorized the father, if married to the mother at the time of the abortion, and the maternal grandparents of the fetus, if the mother is under 18 years of age, to obtain specified relief in a civil action, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff's criminal conduct or the plaintiff consented to the abortion. The law prohibited the prosecution of a woman obtaining the abortion.

Session-106; Bill Number-S 928; Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1999 - Cosponsor

Prohibits any physician from knowingly performing a partial-birth abortion in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, unless it is necessary to save the life of the mother. Prescribes penalties. Defines a "partial birth abortion". Authorizes the father, and the maternal grandparents of the fetus, if the mother is under 18 years of age, to obtain specified relief in a civil action, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff's criminal conduct or the plaintiff consented to the abortion. Prohibits the prosecution of a woman upon whom a partial-birth abortion is performed for conspiracy to violate this Act or under provisions regarding punishment as a principal or an accessory or for concealment of a felony.

Session-105; Bill Number-S 6; Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1997 - Cosponsor

Prohibits performing a partial birth abortion in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, unless it is necessary to save the life of the mother and no other medical procedure would suffice. Defines "partial-birth abortion." Authorizes the father and, if the mother is under 18 years of age, the maternal grandparents of the fetus to obtain specified relief in a civil action, even if the mother consented to the abortion, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff's criminal conduct or the plaintiff consented to the abortion. Prohibits the prosecution of a woman upon whom a partial-birth abortion is performed for conspiracy to violate this Act or under provisions regarding punishment as a principal or an accessory or for concealment of a felony.

Session-106; Bill Number-S 1692; Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000 - Cosponsor

This legislation sought to prohibit any physician or other individual from knowingly performing a partial-birth abortion, except when necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury. The law authorized the father, if married to the mother at the time of the abortion, and the maternal grandparents of the fetus, if the mother is under 18 years of age, to obtain specified relief in a civil action, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff's criminal conduct or the plaintiff consented to the abortion. The law prohibited the prosecution of a woman obtaining the abortion.

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