Church Politics - U.S. Senate / Harkin Resolution (SA 260)

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Sense of the Senate concerning Roe v. Wade
a.) Findings
The Senate finds that--

  1. abortion has been a legal and constitutionally protected medical procedure throughout the United States since the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade (410 U.S. 113 (1973)); and

  2. the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade established constitutionally based limits on the power of States to restrict the right of a woman to choose to terminate a pregnancy.


b.) Sense of the Senate
It is the sense of the Senate that--
  1. the decision of the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade (410 U.S. 113 (1973)) was appropriate and secures an important constitutional right; and

  2. such decision should not be overturned.


Catholics voting in favor of the above resolution:
  • Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)

  • Susan Collins (R-Maine)

  • Tom Daschle (D-S.D.)

  • Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.)

  • Richard Durbin (D-Ill.)

  • Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)

  • Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.)

  • John Kerry (D-Mass.)

  • Mary Landrieu (D-La.)

  • Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

  • Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)

  • Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

  • Patty Murray (D-Wash.)

  • Jack Reed (D-R.I.)

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U.S. Senate / Partial Birth Abortion bill
Catholics voting against restricting partial-birth infanticide:
  • Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)

  • Susan Collins (R-Maine)

  • Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.)

  • Richard Durbin (D-Ill.)

  • Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)

  • Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.)

  • Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)

  • Patty Murray (D-Wash.)

  • Jack Reed (D-R.I.)