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Democrats to Hold Hearing on Bill to Wipe Out Almost Every Single Pro-Life Law on Abortion
Life News ^ | July 14, 2014 | Steven Ertelt

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 “Women’s 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.

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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 “Women’s 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.

NRLC adds:

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 standards—gone. 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 training–all 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.


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1 posted on 07/14/2014 2:15:13 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Contact your senator now, ping!


2 posted on 07/14/2014 2:15:38 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

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.


3 posted on 07/14/2014 2:18:51 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: NYer

NO Way are they are desperate

Don’t answer that LOL!


4 posted on 07/14/2014 2:19:46 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: NYer

Abortion is the only right that liberals hold to be absolute.


5 posted on 07/14/2014 2:22:21 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: NYer
This was originally called the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). It was proposed by the Democrats during the 2008 campaign. Candidate Obama urged the passage of FOCA by the new Congress and said he wanted it on his desk as the first bill he would sign into law in his new administration.

What I couldn't figure out is why they didn't do it then and why they have waited until now.

6 posted on 07/14/2014 2:22:27 PM PDT by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: NYer

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.


7 posted on 07/14/2014 2:22:39 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Abortion is the only right that liberals hold to be absolute.

No ... they also worship sodomy.

8 posted on 07/14/2014 2:23:47 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: NYer

Too bad their mothers didnt hold the same belief.


9 posted on 07/14/2014 2:26:00 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: NYer

The murderous, subhuman libtard maggots are unrelenting in their hate for unborn babies and life.


10 posted on 07/14/2014 2:27:04 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug.)
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To: Publius

“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.


11 posted on 07/14/2014 2:31:00 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Gen.Blather
At this point they’re fishing with grenades.

A very good image.

12 posted on 07/14/2014 2:33:54 PM PDT by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: NYer
Then Republicans should Hold Hearing on Bill to Wipe Out Almost Every Single Anti-Gun Law on the Books.

13 posted on 07/14/2014 2:34:25 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: NYer

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”?


14 posted on 07/14/2014 2:38:42 PM PDT by givemELL
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To: NYer

Democrats in another panic mode need more low informed critters.


15 posted on 07/14/2014 2:59:10 PM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Gen.Blather
At this point they’re fishing with grenades.

Then fire for effect.

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16 posted on 07/14/2014 3:24:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

That’s perfect!

Ted Levine did an excellent job in that role. Really sick and creepy.


17 posted on 07/14/2014 4:22:32 PM PDT by upchuck (The country is being billed for its own execution. ~ h/t: SpaceBar)
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To: NYer

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 ....


18 posted on 07/14/2014 4:38:36 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: NYer; All
FR: Never Accept the Premise of Your Opponent’s Argument

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.

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.

19 posted on 07/14/2014 4:50:40 PM PDT by Amendment10
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Add me / Remove me

Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.

20 posted on 07/14/2014 7:58:50 PM PDT by narses (Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
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To: NYer

Sadly, it’s only a matter of time before they can pass this.


21 posted on 07/14/2014 8:02:36 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Abortion is the only right that liberals hold to be absolute.

That's because Democrats and other liberals sense cosmic failure in every live birth.

22 posted on 07/15/2014 3:40:43 AM PDT by stevem
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