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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Abortion Bill Defeated

Kudos to the House for defeating this bill!!

Abortion foes' fetal pain bill defeated
Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times

Thursday, December 7, 2006

(12-07) 04:00 PST Washington -- House Republicans opposed to abortion rights failed Wednesday in their bid to pass a controversial measure that would have required women seeking abortions to be informed that some fetuses feel pain.

Although it was clear the bill would have stalled in the Senate, the abortion opponents hoped the House vote would provide a symbolic victory before control of Capitol Hill passes to Democrats in January. Instead, the vote dealt social conservatives a final setback in a two-year congressional session that has not produced a major piece of anti-abortion legislation.

The bill received majority support, 250-162. But that fell short of the two-thirds majority vote required under rules that limited debate.

Those decrying the outcome included Concerned Women for America, an advocacy group for socially conservative causes.

"Abortion not only kills a baby, it tortures them," said Wendy Wright, the group's president. "Regrettably, congressmen -- many who denounced the use of torture against suspected terrorists -- have voted to not let women know that abortion will torture their innocent unborn babies."

Abortion rights supporters applauded the bill's failure as they prepared for the arrival of a Democratic Congress in which such measures almost assuredly will never see the light of day.

"This sham bill is yet another partisan political ploy that misguidedly attempts to insert the government into private medical conversations between women and their doctors," said Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, who helped lead opposition to the legislation.

The opponents also disputed the claim by the bill's backers that fetuses 20 weeks old or more experience pain.

The bill has not been a top priority for anti-abortion activists. Their movement suffered a tougher loss earlier in the fall when a measure to strengthen parental consent laws was derailed in the Senate after passing the House.

The fetal pain bill was sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J.

"It's about time that women were told the truth about abortion," he said during floor debate.

Smith and others argued that because some evidence has been found that older fetuses feel pain, women seeking to terminate a pregnancy should be informed of that by abortion providers.

The bill would have required that the women be offered the choice of having anesthesia administered to the fetus.

Smith also said, "Is it our hope that this (bill) may dissuade a woman from allowing her child to be killed? Absolutely."

NARAL Pro Choice America, one of the nation's leading abortion rights groups, was neutral on the bill. Other groups, including the National Abortion Federation, opposed it, arguing that the evidence that fetuses feel pain is inconclusive.

"Requiring misleading mandated communication is an inappropriate and dangerous intrusion of Congress into private health care decisions," the heads of seven abortion rights groups and health care providers wrote in a letter to lawmakers.

I applaud the House for defeating this bill. It's a victory for the right to choice. It's a victory for women. A woman has a right to control her own body. Congress doesn't!! The President doesn't. Pro-lifers, especially men, don't!!

My head feels pain every single time a pro-life moron decides to open his or her mouth to spew the crap that this movement preaches. Perhaps I could be given something so that my head will stop hurting.

These pro-lifers are hilarious despite causing headaches. They're constantly talking about the pain and torture a fetus goes through when a pregnant woman decides to have an abortion. Yet these same bitches have no problem with their government torturing innocent people. They have no problem with torture period, unless of course they're talking about a fetus. They have no problem with the death penalty. They have no problem murdering innocent men, women, and children in other countries all in the name of "freedom" here at home. They have no problem with anything, except when a woman demands the right to control her own body. That's like the biggest sin in the world to demand control of your body, unless you're a man.

Again, congratulations to the House for finally doing something right!!


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