Definition of partial-birth abortion in US English:

partial-birth abortion


  • A late-term abortion of a fetus that has already died, or is killed before being completely removed from the mother.

    • ‘Every major policy issue is finding itself before judges - Internet pornography, marriage, education, partial-birth abortion, religion in public life, and so many others.’
    • ‘But he opposes partial-birth abortions, the so-called partial-birth abortions, the late-term abortion procedure.’
    • ‘His record is impeccable: he voted in 1999 to ban overseas military abortions and partial-birth abortions.’
    • ‘As the passage of the ban on partial-birth abortion demonstrated, the campaign to restrict abortion has made strides in recent years by patiently informing the public of what abortion, especially late-term abortion, entails.’
    • ‘Nor does the party wish to get rid of abortion; it wants to end the so-called partial-birth abortions in which healthy foetuses can be killed late in a pregnancy.’
    • ‘Thus his leading role against this religious movie is of a piece with his outspokenness in favor of same-sex marriage and even partial-birth abortion, issues on which his stance is counter to that of traditional Judaism.’
    • ‘But foes of abortion call it a partial-birth abortion.’
    • ‘Lots of people recoil when judges say lawmakers can't even ban partial-birth abortions.’
    • ‘I support the right of abortion, but I also oppose partial-birth abortion.’
    • ‘I have said many times that I can support a ban on late-term abortions including partial-birth abortions, so long as the health and life of the mother is protected.’
    • ‘The ‘gruesome pictures’ were of partial-birth abortions.’
    • ‘But in the US the left at least observes the niceties and pretends that the powdered-wig guys had somehow ingeniously anticipated the need for a constitutional right to gay marriage or a partial-birth abortion.’
    • ‘For the sake of women, their children and our future as a society, we must put a stop, once and for all, to partial-birth abortion.’
    • ‘The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the first abortion restriction likely would target partial-birth abortion.’
    • ‘In July, he announced that life begins at conception, an astounding statement considering that he votes to keep even partial-birth abortions legal.’
    • ‘Specifically, he opposes abortions, partial-birth abortions, and he is working out the details on his proposal to see that aid for the needy is in some practical way also distributed through faith-based organizations.’
    • ‘Whatever one thinks of gay marriage, partial-birth abortion or the Boy Scouts, voters understand that democracy is diminished when un-elected judges set social policy for America.’
    • ‘And I would sign, unhesitatingly sign, a ban on partial-birth abortions.’
    • ‘He did so for different reasons than did the majority, but clearly, it was a decision voting to affirm a lower court decision striking down a state statute banning partial-birth abortions.’
    • ‘The most economical answer may be the most plausible: the bill on partial-birth abortion had already been taken up by Republicans in Congress and passed twice.’