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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Feb. 25, 2020 National S 311 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 41)
Feb. 25, 2020 National S 3275 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 44)
Oct. 3, 2017 National HR 36 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Bill Passed - House (237 - 189)
July 13, 2016 National S 304 Conscience Protection Act of 2016 Bill Passed - House (245 - 182)
Sept. 29, 2015 National HR 3495 Women's Public Health and Safety Act Bill Passed - House (236 - 193)
Sept. 22, 2015 National HR 36 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (54 - 42)
Sept. 18, 2015 National HR 3504 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Bill Passed - House (248 - 177)
May 13, 2015 National HR 36 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Bill Passed - House (242 - 184)
Jan. 22, 2015 National HR 7 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (242 - 179)
Jan. 28, 2014 National HR 7 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act Bill Passed - House (227 - 188)
June 18, 2013 National HR 1797 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Bill Passed - House (228 - 196)
July 31, 2012 National HR 3803 District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Bill Failed - House (220 - 154)
June 7, 2012 National HR 5855 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act for 2013 Bill Passed - House (234 - 182)
May 31, 2012 National HR 3541 Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2012 Bill Failed - House (246 - 168)
Oct. 13, 2011 National HR 358 Amends Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to Prohibit Abortion Coverage Bill Passed - House (251 - 172)
May 4, 2011 National HR 3 Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Bill Passed - House (251 - 175)
March 21, 2010 National HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (219 - 212)
Dec. 24, 2009 National HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 39)
Dec. 23, 2009 National HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Cloture Invoked - Senate (60 - 39)
Dec. 22, 2009 National S Amdt 3276 Senate Health Care Bill Amendments Amendment Adopted - Senate (60 - 39)
Dec. 8, 2009 National S Amdt 2962 Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services Amendment Tabled - Senate (54 - 45)
Nov. 7, 2009 National H Amdt 509 Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services Amendment Adopted - House (240 - 194)
Feb. 26, 2009 National HR 1105 2009 Budget Bill Bill Passed - House (245 - 178)
Feb. 26, 2008 National S Amdt 3896 Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 42)
Feb. 26, 2008 National S 1200 Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2008 Bill Passed - Senate (83 - 10)
Oct. 18, 2007 National S Amdt 3330 Prohibiting Funds for Groups that Perform Abortions Amendment Rejected - Senate (41 - 52)
Sept. 6, 2007 National S Amdt 2707 Prohibiting U.S. Assistance for Groups that Support Coercive Abortion Amendment Adopted - Senate (48 - 45)
July 19, 2007 National HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - House (276 - 140)
Dec. 6, 2006 National HR 6099 Abortion Pain Bill Bill Failed - House (250 - 162)
Sept. 26, 2006 National S 403 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Bill Passed - House (264 - 153)
July 25, 2006 National S 403 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 34)
May 25, 2005 National H Amdt 209 Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 233)
April 27, 2005 National HR 748 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Bill Passed - House (270 - 157)
Oct. 21, 2003 National S 3 Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (64 - 34)
Oct. 2, 2003 National S 3 Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion bill Conference Report Adopted - House (281 - 142)
June 4, 2003 National HR 760 Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion Bill Bill Passed - House (282 - 139)
June 21, 2002 National S Amdt 3927 Military Abortion Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 40)
July 20, 2000 National H Amdt 1017 Abortion Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (184 - 230)
July 13, 2000 National H Amdt 997 Family Planning Assistance Funding amendment Amendment Rejected - House (206 - 221)
June 22, 2000 National H Amdt 882 Prison Abortion Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (156 - 254)
June 20, 2000 National S Amdt 3252 Military Abortions Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (50 - 49)
May 18, 2000 National H Amdt 722 Oversea Military Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (195 - 221)
April 5, 2000 National HR 3660 Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion Bill Passed - House (287 - 141)
Oct. 21, 1999 National S Amdt 2321 Expressing Support for Roe v. Wade Decision Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 47)
Oct. 21, 1999 National S 1692 Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 34)
June 9, 1999 National H Amdt 156 Overseas Military Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (203 - 225)
June 8, 1999 National H Amdt 142 Prohibition of Chemically Induced Abortion Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (217 - 214)
May 26, 1999 National S Amdt 397 Overseas Military Abortions Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (51 - 49)
Sept. 18, 1998 National HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Veto Override Failed - Senate (64 - 36)
Aug. 6, 1998 National H Amdt 865 Abortion Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (180 - 243)
July 23, 1998 National HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Veto Override Passed - House (296 - 132)
July 15, 1998 National HR 3682 Child Custody Protection Act Bill Passed - House (276 - 150)
June 25, 1998 National S Amdt 2794 Overseas Military Hospital Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 49)
June 24, 1998 National H Amdt 705 Chemical Inducement of Abortion Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (223 - 202)
May 20, 1998 National H Amdt 643 Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 232)
Oct. 8, 1997 National HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Concurrence Vote Passed - House (296 - 132)
Sept. 4, 1997 National S Amdt 1077 Fetal Tissue Research Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (38 - 60)
July 22, 1997 National S Amdt 936 Abortion Funding Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 45)
July 10, 1997 National S Amdt 593 Abortions at Overseas Military Facilities Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
June 19, 1997 National H Amdt 187 Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (196 - 224)
May 20, 1997 National HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 36)
March 20, 1997 National HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Bill Passed - House (295 - 136)
Feb. 13, 1997 National HR 581 Population Planning Bill Bill Passed - House (231 - 194)
Sept. 26, 1996 National HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Veto Override Failed - Senate (58 - 40)
Sept. 19, 1996 National HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Veto Override Passed - House (285 - 137)
July 22, 1996 National H Amdt 1309 Non-Federally Funded Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (176 - 223)
June 19, 1996 National S Amdt 4059 Overseas Abortion Amendment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (45 - 51)
March 19, 1996 National S Amdt 3513 Medical Professionals Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (63 - 37)
March 7, 1996 National H Amdt 946 Medicaid Funded Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (198 - 222)
Dec. 7, 1995 National HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 44)
Nov. 1, 1995 National HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (288 - 139)
Sept. 7, 1995 National H Amdt 752 Overseas Military Abortions Amendment Adopted - House (226 - 191)
June 28, 1995 National H Amdt 477 Abortion Funding Ban Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (243 - 187)
June 15, 1995 National H Amdt 436 Overseas Military Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (196 - 230)
May 24, 1995 National H Amdt 403 Foreign Abortion Ban Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (240 - 181)
May 12, 1994 National S 636 Abortion Clinic Access bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (69 - 30)
May 5, 1994 National S 636 Abortion Clinic Access bill Conference Report Adopted - House (241 - 174)
Oct. 18, 1993 National HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (80 - 15)
Oct. 7, 1993 National HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (311 - 115)
Sept. 29, 1993 National HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate (82 - 17)
June 30, 1993 National H Amdt 185 Hyde Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (256 - 171)
June 30, 1993 National HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (305 - 124)
March 11, 1993 National HR 4 Fetal Tissue Research Bill Bill Passed - House (283 - 131)
Date No. Title Outcome
2/25 S 311 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 41)
2/25 S 3275 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 44)
10/03 HR 36 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Bill Passed - House (237 - 189)
7/13 S 304 Conscience Protection Act of 2016 Bill Passed - House (245 - 182)
9/29 HR 3495 Women's Public Health and Safety Act Bill Passed - House (236 - 193)
9/22 HR 36 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (54 - 42)
9/18 HR 3504 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Bill Passed - House (248 - 177)
5/13 HR 36 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Bill Passed - House (242 - 184)
1/22 HR 7 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (242 - 179)
1/28 HR 7 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act Bill Passed - House (227 - 188)
6/18 HR 1797 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Bill Passed - House (228 - 196)
7/31 HR 3803 District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Bill Failed - House (220 - 154)
6/07 HR 5855 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act for 2013 Bill Passed - House (234 - 182)
5/31 HR 3541 Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2012 Bill Failed - House (246 - 168)
10/13 HR 358 Amends Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to Prohibit Abortion Coverage Bill Passed - House (251 - 172)
5/04 HR 3 Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Bill Passed - House (251 - 175)
3/21 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (219 - 212)
12/24 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 39)
12/23 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Cloture Invoked - Senate (60 - 39)
12/22 S Amdt 3276 Senate Health Care Bill Amendments Amendment Adopted - Senate (60 - 39)
12/08 S Amdt 2962 Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services Amendment Tabled - Senate (54 - 45)
11/07 H Amdt 509 Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services Amendment Adopted - House (240 - 194)
2/26 HR 1105 2009 Budget Bill Bill Passed - House (245 - 178)
2/26 S Amdt 3896 Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 42)
2/26 S 1200 Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2008 Bill Passed - Senate (83 - 10)
10/18 S Amdt 3330 Prohibiting Funds for Groups that Perform Abortions Amendment Rejected - Senate (41 - 52)
9/06 S Amdt 2707 Prohibiting U.S. Assistance for Groups that Support Coercive Abortion Amendment Adopted - Senate (48 - 45)
7/19 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - House (276 - 140)
12/06 HR 6099 Abortion Pain Bill Bill Failed - House (250 - 162)
9/26 S 403 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Bill Passed - House (264 - 153)
7/25 S 403 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 34)
5/25 H Amdt 209 Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 233)
4/27 HR 748 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Bill Passed - House (270 - 157)
10/21 S 3 Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (64 - 34)
10/02 S 3 Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion bill Conference Report Adopted - House (281 - 142)
6/04 HR 760 Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion Bill Bill Passed - House (282 - 139)
6/21 S Amdt 3927 Military Abortion Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 40)
7/20 H Amdt 1017 Abortion Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (184 - 230)
7/13 H Amdt 997 Family Planning Assistance Funding amendment Amendment Rejected - House (206 - 221)
6/22 H Amdt 882 Prison Abortion Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (156 - 254)
6/20 S Amdt 3252 Military Abortions Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (50 - 49)
5/18 H Amdt 722 Oversea Military Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (195 - 221)
4/05 HR 3660 Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion Bill Passed - House (287 - 141)
10/21 S Amdt 2321 Expressing Support for Roe v. Wade Decision Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 47)
10/21 S 1692 Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 34)
6/09 H Amdt 156 Overseas Military Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (203 - 225)
6/08 H Amdt 142 Prohibition of Chemically Induced Abortion Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (217 - 214)
5/26 S Amdt 397 Overseas Military Abortions Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (51 - 49)
9/18 HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Veto Override Failed - Senate (64 - 36)
8/06 H Amdt 865 Abortion Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (180 - 243)
7/23 HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Veto Override Passed - House (296 - 132)
7/15 HR 3682 Child Custody Protection Act Bill Passed - House (276 - 150)
6/25 S Amdt 2794 Overseas Military Hospital Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 49)
6/24 H Amdt 705 Chemical Inducement of Abortion Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (223 - 202)
5/20 H Amdt 643 Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 232)
10/08 HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Concurrence Vote Passed - House (296 - 132)
9/04 S Amdt 1077 Fetal Tissue Research Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (38 - 60)
7/22 S Amdt 936 Abortion Funding Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 45)
7/10 S Amdt 593 Abortions at Overseas Military Facilities Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
6/19 H Amdt 187 Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (196 - 224)
5/20 HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 36)
3/20 HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Bill Passed - House (295 - 136)
2/13 HR 581 Population Planning Bill Bill Passed - House (231 - 194)
9/26 HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Veto Override Failed - Senate (58 - 40)
9/19 HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Veto Override Passed - House (285 - 137)
7/22 H Amdt 1309 Non-Federally Funded Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (176 - 223)
6/19 S Amdt 4059 Overseas Abortion Amendment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (45 - 51)
3/19 S Amdt 3513 Medical Professionals Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (63 - 37)
3/07 H Amdt 946 Medicaid Funded Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (198 - 222)
12/07 HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 44)
11/01 HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (288 - 139)
9/07 H Amdt 752 Overseas Military Abortions Amendment Adopted - House (226 - 191)
6/28 H Amdt 477 Abortion Funding Ban Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (243 - 187)
6/15 H Amdt 436 Overseas Military Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (196 - 230)
5/24 H Amdt 403 Foreign Abortion Ban Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (240 - 181)
5/12 S 636 Abortion Clinic Access bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (69 - 30)
5/05 S 636 Abortion Clinic Access bill Conference Report Adopted - House (241 - 174)
10/18 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (80 - 15)
10/07 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (311 - 115)
9/29 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate (82 - 17)
6/30 H Amdt 185 Hyde Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (256 - 171)
6/30 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (305 - 124)
3/11 HR 4 Fetal Tissue Research Bill Bill Passed - House (283 - 131)

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