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16 February 2000
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Wednesday, February 16, 2000
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Mr. PAUL. Mr. Speaker, today I introduce the Partial birth Abortion and Judicial Limitation Act. This bill would, in accordance with article 3, section 2 of our United States Constitution, prohibit federal courts (exclusive of the U.S. Supreme Court) from hearing cases relative to partial birth abortion.
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One of the most egregious portions of the Roe versus Wade decision is that the ruling in that case served to substitute the opinions of unelected judges for those of state representatives when it comes to making abortion law. By doing this, judges have not merely taken on the role of legislators, they have also thrust the federal apparatus into an area that the founding fathers specifically and exclusively entrusted to state entities. Unfortunately, this aspect of Roe versus Wade has not received the attention that less critical portions of the decision have received.
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The legislation I am introducing today is aimed at moving us toward correcting this federal judicial usurpation of constitutionally identified state authority. This legislation is needed now more than ever as certain lower federal courts have taken it upon themselves to continue the
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Mr. Speaker, I encourage my colleagues to review this new legislation and to join me in this battle by cosponsoring this
2000 Ron Paul 9:1 Partial birth Abortion and Judicial Limitation Act probably should be capitalized: Partial Birth Abortion and Judicial Limitation Act.