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AMA Offers 'Partial-Birth' Abortion Views

May 15, 1997| Associated Press

CHICAGO — Stepping into the most disputed arena of the abortion debate, the American Medical Assn. board said Wednesday that so-called partial-birth abortions should be used rarely, if at all.

It said there is "no identified situation" that requires the procedure. "The AMA recommends that the procedure not be used unless alternative procedures pose materially greater risk to the woman," the board said. "The physician must, however, retain the discretion to make that judgment."

The report will become official policy if approved by the AMA House of Delegates next month.

Pending in Congress is Republican-sponsored legislation that would ban the procedure unless the woman's life were in danger.

Democrats are fashioning alternative legislation. Clinton said Wednesday that he would support their ban on late-term abortions with an exception for mothers whose health is in extreme danger.

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