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Key Vote Summary for 005

Bill Number:S.J.Res.178
Bill Title:A Senate Joint Resolution relating to the Constitutional Amendment on abortion.
Date of Vote:04/28/1976
Short Description:Human Life Amendment: Pending Business Vote
Vote Summary:Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC) motioned that his Human Life Amendment (S.J.Res.178--previously S.J.Res.6) be made the pending business before the Senate. The Amendment stated:

Section 1.
With respect to the right of life guaranteed in this Constitution, every human being subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, or of any State, shall be deemed, from the moment of fertilization, to be a person and entitled to the right of life.
Section 2.
Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Sen. Birch Bayh (D-IN) made a motion to table, and thus kill, Sen. Helms' motion to proceed to the consideration of the resolution.

On April 28, 1976 the Senate accepted Sen. Bayh's motion to table Sen. Helms' motion, 47-yes, 40-no, 13-not voting (Roll Call 156). "No" was a pro-life vote.

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