By a vote of 296-192, the House of Representatives passed a bill banning D&X abortions. President Clinton will likely veto the measure because it does not contain any exceptions to allow the prodecure to save a woman’s life or health.
Because D&X abortions are often done only when the woman’s health is at risk for continuing a pregnancy, or because of severe fetal defects, conservatives say that Clinton’s objection would render the entire bill meaningless.
The House vote was high enough to override the expected veto, but the Senate has failed twice already to get the two-thirds majority to pass the ban. Last March, they only fell short by three votes.
For the past several months, Congress has also delayed passage of a foreign aid spending bill because it would allow money to go towards international family planning programs that perform or discuss abortion.