Beware these bills! February 2, 2009Posted by Center for Inquiry Office of Public Policy in Annoucements, Commentary.
Tags: Bills in Congress; NARAL; abortion rights; women's rights; real sex education; contraception
Bills by the hundred are introduced daily in Congress. Many of them concern trivial and local matters like recognition of local heroes and support for specific individuals, but some malicious bills are slipped in, hoping that no-one will notice.
Recent examples are the House and Senate bills S.270 and H.R. 605, mentioned in the following post “When Two Bills Look Alike.” S.270 and H.R. 605 are two versions of a bill purporting to help pregnant women. Don’t be deceived–these bills are sponsored by Democrats for Life and supported by the U.S.Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). They don’t provide funds for contraception and real sex education, but refer throughout to “unborn children,” an common anti-abortion tactic to promote an emotional response to pregnancy. The bills are intended to coerce women into bearing children, whether they want to or not.
Last week another no-good, very bad bill was introduced in the Senate–S.346, sponsored by Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi. This bill would extend the protection of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution to what are called “preborn persons.” They mean fetuses, but deliberately don’t use the correct scientific term. If by any chance this bill were to become law, it would change the constitution so that a fetus would be a person and abortion would become murder.
We’ll keep you posted on the progress of these bills. At the moment they are all three in committee, a common graveyard for unpopular bills. Let’s hope they stay there.
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