I put five stories about anti-abortion activism or bills in the show's morning news note today. You can read along with us.
The House late Tuesday was thrown off its schedule and is now expected to complete work on a healthcare bill Wednesday. The bill, H.R. 1216, would scale back federal funding for graduate medical student education. One amendment to the bill, from Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), would ensure remaining funds are not used for abortion training. Debate on that amendment turned into a nearly two-hour affair, culminating in a Democratic objection to Republican attempts to move the debate along. That delay prompted Republicans to hold a vote on the two amendments it had fully debated, and delay further debate until later Tuesday evening.
From the Lexington Clipper-Herald, NEBRASKA OUTLAWS ABORTION VIA TELEMEDICINE, PASSES PARENTAL CONSENT:
Nebraska lawmakers closed the door Monday on a practice that has made drug-induced abortions more easily available in Iowa. Senators voted 38-9 to pass a bill blocking the use of telemedicine for such abortions. They also advanced a separate bill that would require parental consent for a teenage girl to get abortions.
From AP, by way of NECN.com, LOUISIANA HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES ABORTION BAN:
A House committee has approved legislation to outlaw abortion in Louisiana, despite concerns that the bill would knock the state out of compliance with federal law and risk the loss of federal funding for Medicaid. Abortion opponents at the hearing Tuesday applauded the committee's decision to send the bill to the House floor, where it will force lawmakers during an election year to take a stance on abortion. Republican John LaBruzzo, of Metairie, told lawmakers he hopes his bill will prompt lawsuits from abortion-rights groups, suits that could undermine the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 ruling establishing a women's right to an abortion. The court ruled in Roe v. Wade that states cannot outlaw abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy, but LaBruzzo's law would do just that. Louisiana already has a crime of feticide, but the bill would repeal the exception for consensual abortion, in direct contrast to the Supreme Court's ruling.
From CNBC, ALABAMA SENATE PASSES ABORTION RESTRICTIONS:
The new Republican-controlled Alabama Senate rushed through a package of bills Tuesday designed to make it tougher to get an abortion in the state and to define that life begins with fertilization and implantation in the womb. The lopsided votes on the five bills were a dramatic departure from the old Democrat-controlled Senate, when abortion bills usually died in committee. The votes came after Republicans cut off stalling tactics by some Democrats. "Today was historic," Republican Sen. Phil Williams of Rainbow City said.
From InForum, CATHOLIC CHAPEL OPENING NEAR ND'S ONLY ABORTION CLINIC:
A Catholic chapel focused on prayers to end abortion will open in an office building neighboring North Dakota's only abortion clinic. The Catholic Diocese of Fargo will open the Visitation Chapel at 502 1st Ave. N. on June 1. The chapel will offer Mass at 8 a.m. Wednesdays, followed by Eucharistic adoration and recited prayers until 3:45 p.m. It will be locked the rest of the week. The Red River Women's Clinic is at 512 1st Ave. N., and sees patients on Wednesdays.