The truth about Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s congressional voting record on partial-birth abortion

Barrett did vote to ban partial-birth abortion. Barrett also voted to continue to allow partial-birth abortion.

Here’s a history of the legislation to ban partial birth abortion. Using that and a whole lot of time searching the House Clerk site, here’s what I’ve found:

It appears Barrett’s first vote was January 5, 1993 as a new member of the 103rd Congress.

On November 1, 1995, during the 104th Congress, the House voted on H.R. 1833 to ban partial-birth abortion.
Barrett voted NO. He DID NOT SUPPORT the ban.
A version of that bill passed both houses, but was vetoed by President Bill Clinton.

On March 20, 1997, during the 105th Congress, the House voted on H.R. 1122 to ban partial-birth abortion.
Barrett voted YES. He DID SUPPORT the ban.
A version of that bill passed both houses, but was vetoed by President Clinton.

On April 5, 2000, during the 106th Congress, the House voted on H.R. 3660 to ban partial-birth abortion.
Barrett voted YES. He DID SUPPORT the ban.
This version never made it to the Presidential desk, and Clinton vowed to veto if it did.

On July 24, 2002, during the 107th Congress, the house voted on H.R. 4965 to ban partial-birth abortion.
Barrett voted NO. He DID NOT SUPPORT the ban.
Nothing happened after this vote.

It looks like Barrett’s last congressional vote was November 15, 2002.

In October of 2003 the 108th Congress passes the bill and President George W. Bush signs it in November. Partial-birth abortion was outlawed in the United States. The Supreme Court upheld the ban in 2007.

So, Barrett’s 50/50 on this issue. Yes, I consider that news unappealing. I would have rather he had been consistent in his support FOR the ban. Now you know all the details.

This post is a response to the discussion here.

Comments

  1. BrkfldDad says:

    Much as I am not aligned with his political slant, I’d like to think his Catholic upbringing would weigh heavily on his vote. I wonder if any of those votes to reject a ban were because of other items tacked 0n to those bills?

  2. It’s hard to know. Voting is definitely sausage making at it’s worst. It’s really hard to determine reasoning from a yes or a no. I was always aware of that when my name was on the record. Sometimes the one word answer doesn’t work so well.

    Hey, and don’t forget – with all that Catholic guilt comes the ability to justify almost anything. Still blows me away how so many Catholic conservatives emphatically defend the death penalty. Pelosi – supposedly a practicing Catholic, votes all kinds of things to support abortion. It’s a mess, really.