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Senate Dems Determined to Block 20-Week Abortion Limit

Momentum from states such as Texas has spread to the House, but would need strong champions in the upper chamber.

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Bill Straub

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July 10, 2013 - 5:24 pm
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WASHINGTON – Efforts to convince the Senate to adopt additional restrictions on abortions, a step that has recently been taken by several states as well as the House of Representatives, look to be going nowhere despite growing pressure from Republican lawmakers.

An aide in the office of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, who controls the flow of legislation to the floor, said the upper chamber won’t consider House-passed legislation that prohibits a woman from undergoing the procedure more than 20 weeks after conception.

Even if Reid were to consider the measure, it’s unlikely that any Senate committee of jurisdiction, all chaired by Democrats, would pass the measure on to the full chamber. President Obama already has indicated he would issue a veto if the bill reaches his desk.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), an abortion rights supporter, said the bill “isn’t going anywhere” but acknowledged that anti-abortion Republicans will look for a way to get it on the agenda.

“Republicans have shown they’ll go to just about any length to limit access to care,” Murray said. “They’ve put politics between women and their health care. They’ve put employers between women and their health care. They’ve even threatened to shut down the government over this very issue. They’ve shown that this isn’t about what’s best for women, men, and their family planning decisions. Instead it’s about their political calculations. It’s about appeasing the far right. And it’s about their continued efforts to do whatever it takes to push their extreme agenda.”

There has been a flurry of activity in several state legislatures seeking to adopt laws working against Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v Casey, a 1992 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court which held that a woman has a right to an abortion until the fetus attains “viability,” a status that is generally reached at or about 28 weeks under the ruling.

The Texas legislature is considering a measure in special session that would permit the state to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. An earlier attempt to move the line was thwarted by a filibuster. North Carolina is likewise engaged in debate over a 20-week limit.

If successful, Texas and North Carolina will be the tenth and eleventh states to impose a 20-week limit since 2010, joining a list that includes Nebraska, Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. North Dakota prohibits the procedure as soon as a heartbeat can be detected, or as early as six weeks. Arkansas has a 12-week limit. Idaho’s law was struck down by a federal judge who called it unconstitutional.

The issue of reduced time frames has not been addressed by the Supreme Court. It’s likely the high court eventually will be called on to render an opinion.

Establishing a 20-week limit carries some popular support but the split between supporters and opponents is fairly narrow according to recent polling. A United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International on June 20-23 showed that 48 percent of those questioned support the outlawing of abortions after 20 weeks except in cases of rape or incest while 44 percent opposed.

On abortion generally, a Gallup Poll conducted May 2-7 found that 26 percent of those questioned maintained that abortion should always be legal, 52 percent said it should be legal sometimes and 20 percent said it should always be illegal.

The abortion question dropped into the Senate’s lap on June 18 when the House voted 228-196 to ban the procedure after 20 weeks. The tally broke down mostly along partisan lines – six Democrats supported the measure while six Republicans voted against it. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), the prime sponsor, said the 20-week limit was set because it represents the stage where a fetus can feel pain – a claim disputed by some medical experts.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called the legislation, titled the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, “the most significant pro-life legislation to come before Congress since enactment of the ban on partial-birth abortions. We have a moral obligation to defend the defenseless, and we will continue to fight to ensure our nation’s laws respect the sanctity of unborn human life.”

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'They’ve put politics between women and their health care. They’ve put employers between women and their health care.'


Oh, shut up, Patty Murray. You and your Democratic friends put politics and the government between this woman and her doctor when you passed Obamacare.
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Wait, So You Think The Texas Abortion Law Is Extreme??? Have You Taken A Look At Abortion Laws In Europe & Elsewhere???

http://tinyurl.com/kolmvk6
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"The Texas legislature is considering a measure in special session ... An earlier attempt to move the line was thwarted by a filibuster."

I beg to differ. There was a filibuster, by my State Senator. However, it was the thuggish behavior of the pro-death protestors that prevented the vote from being carried out. That's why Perry called for a special session and the pro-life law was passed over the protests of the baby killers (amazing, when Vietnam vets returned they were called baby killers. Who knew that the same people calling them baby killers would be supporting true baby killers today).
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What sanctimonious pieces of crap.. There should be 20 week limits on house democrats. ..They twist and change everything....
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For forty years, these demons have never had face facts under the guise of perverted "choice." Now even science is making it abundantly clear just how wrong they are.

Make no mistake. This is the same kind of abominable mindset that could justify starving people in frozen gulags, marched women and children to gas chambers and ovens, sawed of heads of journalists while mugging for the camera.

They're cowards, they're butchers and they are sheer evil. They are without remorse and without guilt.

You better believe there are those kind living amongst us here in America. And if they had the authority and the power, no telling what they are capable. Anybody honestly think these goons with have any problems marking the elderly as expendable?
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Translation: We Demonrats have sold out to Lucifer, and the New Age. Murder will be norm.
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The cabal running Washington are as interested in protecting life as they are in being fiscally responsible. This is a regime which is more like a killing machine, than anything else. And this is not hyperbole.
Consider their track record: their lawbreaking is off the charts, and those who continually eschew the laws of the land are capable of anything. They have much more in common with communist regimes than with western ones, and we know the track records of their idols, Mao and Stalin.
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History will record the vileness of their regime! Their banal evil.

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"“Republicans have shown they’ll go to just about any length to limit access to care,” Murray said."
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Ah yes - the politician 'mom in tennis shoes' who can't distinguish killing from 'care'. Maybe there is a warning in her words - she was a very vocal voice for Obama Care. I don't need that kind of 'care' thank you. Sarah Palin was right!

Murray has been gathering power to herself in the Senate. I just can't figure out how she does it - the reason she is very seldom seen on the Sunday Morning news shows is she's dumber than a pet rock. She must have a very good behind the scenes coach that is quite smart.
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Its infuriating to me when they call it "women health care". Thats bull! Abortion is not "health" care. It is killing a (small) human being. Womens health care includes the same things as mens except for our respective reproductive organs. Pap smears, birth control, hysterectomy, breast care, etc, THAT is womens health care. Abortion is not care
Sorry for the rant
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'They’ve put politics between women and their health care. They’ve put employers between women and their health care.'


Oh, shut up, Patty Murray. You and your Democratic friends put politics and the government between this woman and her doctor when you passed Obamacare.
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20 weeks / 4.3542 (average weeks in a month [by memory]) = 4.4 months. Call it four and a half months. Even taking away a month or two to learn of pregnancy, there is still plenty of time to make a decision, at least so it seems to me.
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If you didn't know better, you'd think that Texas was doing something extreme...

Gestational Age Abortion Ban Map

http://tinyurl.com/leg6odz

'Safe, Legal, & Rare'

http://tinyurl.com/kbzj6nf
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Wait, So You Think The Texas Abortion Law Is Extreme??? Have You Taken A Look At Abortion Laws In Europe & Elsewhere???

http://tinyurl.com/kolmvk6
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