Friday, May 27, 2011

Abortion - #2936 - Pro-Life Bills Stall in Minnesota, Move Forward in New Hampshire and Alabama - Citizen Link (2) House Votes to Ban Funds for Teaching Abortion Techniques - The Blaze

In November, the Minnesota House and Senate both switched to Republican control. But Democrats took over the governor’s mansion. And now, Gov. Mark Dayton is making conservatives pay. He vetoed two pro-life bills Wednesday, saying his place “is not between a woman and her doctor.” One of the bills would have banned abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy; the other would have ended taxpayer-funded abortion. “We are very disappointed that Gov. Dayton prevented these mainstream measures from becoming law in our state,” said Scott Fischbach, executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. “These are reasonable provisions, not extreme, and have overwhelming support from Minnesotans and legislators.” In New Hampshire, Democratic Gov. John Lynch has a pro-life bill on his desk. On Wednesday, the Senate — with a veto-proof majority — passed a parental-notification bill that would require girls younger than 18 to notify a parent 48 hours before having an abortion. The legislation, which was approved with a veto-proof majority in the House in March, would resurrect a law that was repealed four years ago. Read more.......

House Votes to Ban Funds for Teaching Abortion Techniques - The Blaze - The House voted Wednesday to ban teaching health centers from using federal money to train doctors on how to perform abortions, the latest in a series of anti-abortion measures pushed by the Republican majority.  The author of the measure, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., said she wanted to make it “crystal clear that taxpayer money is not being used to train health care providers to perform abortion procedures.”  The proposal was presented as an amendment to the latest of several GOP bills to restrict funding for the health care act that was enacted last year. This bill gives Congress control over spending for a program to encourage health centers to provide training to medical residents. The amendment applies to funding in that grant program.  The Foxx amendment passed 234-182 despite the objections of some Democrats that it would prevent health centers from teaching a basic medical technique that can be critical to saving a woman’s life during emergencies.  Read more........

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