Skip to comments.Democrats to Hold Hearing on Bill to Wipe Out Almost Every Single Pro-Life Law on Abortion
Posted on 07/14/2014 2:15:13 PM PDT by NYer
Senate Democrats will hold a hearing on a bill tomorrow that would wipe out almost every single pro-life law on abortion.
S.1696 is deceptively titled the Womens Health Protection Act” even though it revokes protections for women and their unborn children. Instead, the bill would be far reaching in how it would topple pro-life laws passed in virtually every state in the country.
Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of state right-to-life organizations, is one of the only pro-life speakers testifying against the legislation. She tells LifeNews that four months before the mid-term congressional election, Senate Democrats are pushing into the national spotlight the most radical pro-abortion bill ever considered by Congress.”
Tobias commented, We believe that many voters will be appalled to learn that nearly two-thirds of Senate Democrats have already cosponsored a bill to impose nationwide the extreme ideological doctrine that elective abortion must not be limited in any meaningful way, at any stage of pregnancy.
Tobias is one of only two non-congressional witnesses who will testify against the so-called Womens Health Protection Act (S. 1696), at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow.
“The bill has been heavily promoted by pro-abortion activist groups since its introduction last November, although it has been largely ignored by the mainstream news media. The measure has 35 Senate cosponsors, all Democrats, including nine of the 10 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee. The chief sponsor of the bill, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.), has been designated to chair the hearing,” NRLC tells LifeNews.
The bill is an updated and expanded version of the old Freedom of Choice Act that was championed by Barack Obama when he was a senator. The new bill would invalidate nearly all existing state limitations on abortion, and prohibit states from adopting new limitations in the future, including various types of laws specifically upheld as constitutionally permissible by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Among the laws that the bill would nullify are requirements to provide women seeking abortion with specific information on their unborn child and on alternatives to abortion, laws providing reflection periods (waiting periods), laws allowing medical professionals to opt out of providing abortions, laws limiting the performance of abortions to licensed physicians, bans on elective abortion after 20 weeks, meaningful limits on abortion after viability, and bans on the use of abortion as a method of sex selection. These laws generally have broad public support in the states in which they are enacted, including support from substantial majorities of women.
The bill would also invalidate most previously enacted federal limits on abortion, including federal conscience protection laws and most, if not all, limits on government funding of abortion.
In her testimony, Tobias will call on Senate Democrats to also allow consideration of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1670), sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), which has an even greater number of Senate cosponsors (41), and which duplicates legislation that has already passed the House of Representatives (H.R. 1797). The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would generally protect unborn children in the sixth month and later, by which point they are capable of experiencing great pain during abortions.
Other leading pro-life groups are also strenuously opposed to the legislation.
“Now, imagine the laws in 32 states requiring varying degrees of informed consent prior to an abortion invalidated overnight. Twenty laws prohibiting partial-birth abortion gone,” says Bill Saunders of Americans United for Life. “Twenty-nine state laws requiring abortion clinics to meet some degree of safety standardsgone. Other abortion bans, admitting privileges requirements, regulations on abortion-inducing drugs, ultrasound requirements, and limitations on the use of public funds and facilities for abortions and abortion trainingall gone.”
“Imagine the vast majority of pro-life laws wiped out with the enactment of a single piece of federal legislation. That is the purpose behind S. 1696,” Saunders adds.
ACTION: Contact your senators and urge STRONG opposition to the bill.
Contact your senator now, ping!
The way the Dems are acting, their polling must be showing disaster. It’s like they’re trying to get every crazy thing they ever wanted done before November.
NO Way are they are desperate
Don’t answer that LOL!
Abortion is the only right that liberals hold to be absolute.
What I couldn't figure out is why they didn't do it then and why they have waited until now.
These bills don’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell of passage. The GOPe just uses them for fundraising appeals so they can do more Mississippi-style vote fraud.
No ... they also worship sodomy.
Too bad their mothers didnt hold the same belief.
The murderous, subhuman libtard maggots are unrelenting in their hate for unborn babies and life.
“why they have waited until now. “
Their polling indicates that their loyal base is not going to go to the polls this November. They need an issue to get their base energized. At this point they’re fishing with grenades. Frankly, I don’t see their base going to the polls regardless of the issue. Even the stupidest realize they’re being hurt by Democratic policies. Though the base won’t change their party or their votes because of the economic beating they will sit this one out and thus allow (I can’t say conservatives) Republicans to win.
What we really have to fear is the lame duck session after the election when none of the losers have any fear whatsoever. We need to do away with the lame duck sessions. A Republican congress gave us such gifts as the Department of Education after they lost the majority. If I recall, that was a Newt Gingrich production.
A very good image.
How long before the Dims propose a Consumer Controlled Pregnancy Protection Bureau as an additional unit under Obamacare with issuance of official PREGNANCY PERMITS following extensive counseling,and automatically implementing post pregnancy child development programs set in advance and controlled by such as a “Common Child Development Bureau”?
Democrats in another panic mode need more low informed critters.
Ted Levine did an excellent job in that role. Really sick and creepy.
Maybe I missed the part in the article where the other chamber of the Congress (House) was disbanded and the constitution was changed to where the Senate now writes bills alone to sent to the President to sign....
This is a political ploy to get the GOP in the house to vote against “women’s rights” ..... Talking points for libtards fund raising letters ....
There's two major constitutional problems with this election year politicking bill imo. First, as mentioned in related threads, unless federal RINO lawmakers want more pink slips in November, since Congress is divided it is gridlocked (as the Founding States had essentially intended), this Democratic biil predictably not making it through the House.
The other constitutional problem is more significant. Regardless what activist justices, Democrats and the corrupt media want low-information voters to think about the constitutionality of healthcare-related legislation such as
Obamacare Democratcare and the anti-pro-life bill concerning this thread, the states have never delegated to the feds, expressly via the Constitution, the specific power to regulate, tax and spend for intrastate healthcare purposes.
State inspection laws, health laws, and laws for regulating the internal commerce of a State, and those which respect turnpike roads, ferries, &c. are not within the power granted to Congress. [emphases added] Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.
So corrupt Congress actually has no more constitutional authority to regulate intrastate healthcare policy than it does to make laws to regulate our 1st Amendment-protected rights.
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Sadly, it’s only a matter of time before they can pass this.
That's because Democrats and other liberals sense cosmic failure in every live birth.