DAILY CATHOLIC MONDAY September 21, 1998 vol. 9, no. 184
NEWS & VIEWS
ABORTION VETO OVERRIDE FALLS SHORT
WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - The US Senate on Friday failed to muster enough votes to override President Bill Clinton's veto of a ban on partial-birth abortions.
The Senate voted 64-36 in favor of the override, but needed three more to reach the required two-thirds majority. Four Republicans voted with 32 Democrats to sustain the veto, while 13 Democrats and 51 Republicans voted for the override. The House had previously approved the veto override.
The sponsor of the override in the Senate, Sen. Rick
Santorum, R-Pennsylvania, pleaded with his colleagues, "Let
the baby live." Santorum rebuffed pro-abortion arguments for the
procedure which takes the lives of babies near full term,
asking "Why is it healthier for the mother to insert a
pair of scissors into the baby's skull, fracturing and
shattering that skull inside the mother, causing potential
harm to that mother by doing so?" he asked. "There can
be no rationale for destroying this little baby by executing
this little baby at that point in time when it is almost
born," Santorum said.
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