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Are partial birth abortions generally legal in the U.S.?

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In 2003, Congress passed a bill banning partial birth abortions with 95% of Republicans voting for it and 62% of Democrats voting against it. This law banned the use of partial-birth abortions except if "necessary to save the life of a mother." The law was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2007 in a 5 to 4 ruling. This law does not ban late-term abortions, does not prohibit giving a lethal injection to a preborn human and performing a partial-birth abortion afterwards, and does not prohibit dismemberment abortions, in which "the fetal limbs are pulled off the body in utero, sometimes while the fetus is still alive."

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