The basics: The official summary of this act, as presented in the United States Senate in 2004 is as follows:
To prohibit, consistent with Roe v. Wade, the interference by the government
with a woman's right to choose to bear a child or terminate a pregnancy, and for
Status: This bill, introduced in 2004 and sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA) and co-sponsored by Sen Jon Corzine (now NJ gov.), Sen. Patty Murray (WA), Sen. Frank Lautenburg (NJ), Sen. Hillary Clinton (NY), Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA), Sen. Jim Jeffords (retired-VT), Sen. Joe Lieberman (CT), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA), Sen. Paul Sarbanes (retired-MD), and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (MD)
Prognosis: The House will overwhelmingly pass this legislation in 2009. As presently constituted, the Senate will pass with less than 60 votes. If Republicans can win one Senate race in either MN, AK or GA, they can filibuster it. President-Elect Zero will sign this bill.
This bill basically codifies the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court ruling and prohibits any Federal Government prevention of any abortion techniques, including a repeal of any ban on Partial-Birth Abortion.
This is consistent with the virulent pro-abortion stance of Barack Obama.