24 March 2009

Missouri Senate Democrats Doing What They Do Best

This time they are conducting a filibuster to prevent a vote on a bill that would make it illegal to coerce someone into having an abortion.  I guess they think that it is fine for an employer to threaten to fire someone unless she kills her baby.  Or perhaps they think it not as many babies will die if women are required to view an ultrasound before killing them, or if they have to wait 24 hours to make sure they want to kill their baby, or if they are made aware of abortion alternatives.

Noted pro-abortion Senator Joan Bray said that provisions of the legislation "presume women are stupid."  This presumably angers her because she has counted on that fact to be elected several times.

Why, oh why, say these protectors of the killing fields, can't the Senate talk about Gov. Nixon's nifty economic plan?

By the way, if this bill is voted on, it has the votes to pass, forcing Nixon to veto it and giving the lie to his big pro-life campaign rhetoric.

From STLToday:

Abortion bill ties up Mo. Senate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Critics of legislation making it a crime to coerce someone in Missouri to have an abortion and requiring that more information be offered to women seeking abortions tied up the state Senate into the night Monday.

Opponents took the floor in the afternoon and filibustered for more than five hours before debate was halted. The measure did not come to a vote.

The legislation would create a specific crime of bullying women and teens into terminating their pregnancies. The bill would require a woman seeking an abortion to wait 24 hours before the procedure and require the doctor to give her a chance during that time to view an ultrasound and listen to the fetal heartbeat.

Missouri lawmakers have debated several abortion measures this session. The House earlier this month approved a nearly identical bill dealing with "coerced" abortions after a highly contentious and emotional debate.

Senate opponents contend that several of the bill's provisions are unworkable and that others, as Sen. Joan Bray put it, "presume women are stupid."

"You're trying to force women to have babies they don't want," said Bray, D-St. Louis.

Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, said that because abortion is legal in Missouri, she does not understand the mechanics of criminalizing attempts to urge another to do something that is permitted.

Sponsoring Sen. Rob Mayer said the legislation is designed to protect women and ensure they have enough information to make their decision.

"My intention is to make certain through this legislation that women are fully informed and understand the procedure they're about to undergo and the consequences that come with that procedure," said Mayer, R-Dexter.

Much of the debate Monday featured Democrats talking to each other, criticizing the legislation. Others questioned why Senate leaders did not devote more time toward an economic development package backed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Other provisions of the bill would require that women be informed orally and in writing of the potential risks of having an abortion and be informed of possible alternatives.

Physicians also would be required to hand a pregnant woman a state-created information packet that includes color photographs showing fetus development and the statement: "It is the public policy of the state of Missouri that the life of each human being begins at conception, and that unborn children have protectable interest in life, health, and well-being."

Plus, women considering abortions would need to be offered an anesthetic for fetuses after 22 weeks and told that they have the necessary anatomical structures to feel pain and receive anesthesia during prenatal surgery.

The ban on coercing someone to have an abortion targets employers who threaten to fire a woman or reduce her pay or those who threaten to take away college scholarships if she doesn't have an abortion could face up to one year in jail. And those who coerce someone to have an abortion through a separate crime - such as stalking or domestic assault - would have their prison sentences increased.

Doctors who perform an abortion when they know a woman has been coerced could be charged with a felony and face up to seven years in prison.


Abortion bill is SB264.


Maria said...

"It is the public policy of the state of Missouri that the life of each human being begins at conception, and that unborn children have protectable interest in life, health, and well-being."

And yet their slaughter is still legal?!

Alison said...

I am pro-life. I haven't been able to find the exact wording of this bill online but last year found the anti coercion bill brought forth in MO unconstitutional. Was the David Reardon model looked at this year? I know it can muster constitutional standards. Curious for your thoughts. At least pro-lifers didn't start the unconsitutionality in first place. There is no doubt coercion takes place and I hope this bill was better written than last years try.

Anonymous said...

Both parties are completely committed to legalized abortion. The whole purpose of these petty battles are to misdirect and sap the strength of dissidents and give the illusion of a functioning democracy.

Anonymous said...


The Abortion Holocaust, that is.

This is the Holocaust that is ongoing and worldwide, and is killing thousands upon thousands of defenseless human beings every month.

Deny the Holocaust that completely ended in Europe 64 years ago, and you are declared to be scum, and rightly so.

But deny the Holocaust going on RIGHT NOW in the USA, and you are:

--A guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show

--Are elected president of the USA, and

--Are invited to speak at and receive an honorary degree at the former major Catholic university in South Bend, Indiana.

Why can't we tag, brand and stigmatize pro-choice leaders as disgusting "Holocaust Deniers"?!

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