A “partial-birth” abortion ban, without exceptions for the health (there’s an exception for the “life” of the mother, but an amendment to add “health” failed to pass), passed 64-34. I put “partial-birth” in quotes because what was really banned was a specific dilation and evacuation procedure that is similar to one used in midterm abortions. That is, expect Republicans — either in court or with further legislation — to quickly move to extend this first restriction into months 4-6, and continue from there (In Tom DeLay’s words, “This is not the end of the abortion debate”).
TBogg has the list of Yeas and nays, with Democrats who voted for the ban bold-faced (an ironic turn of phrase, but I guess there’s no such thing as ‘craven-faced’ text). Given the overwhelming margin, there was little Democrats could have done to stop it, so I understand but don’t particularly respect Democrats in conservative states who voted for it (Blanche Lincoln, Evan Bayh, Daschle, Landrieu, and a few others).
On the other hand, kudos to Republicans Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. Now, someone remind me why are these two are still Republicans? On which major policy issue do they agree with their party?