Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Senate Passes Plan B By Voice Vote

From Connecticut News Junkie, by Christine Stuart:
Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans may have struck a back door deal in order to get Plan B for rape victims passed Wednesday.

Instead of calling for a roll call vote, which would have required each senator’s mind to be tested on the bill, the Democratic Majority gave their colleagues a pass. When the voice vote was called the “Ayes” were audible, but the “Nays” remained silent.

But that’s not to say the legislation didn’t have bipartisan support. Sen. John Kissel, R-Enfield, called the bill “abundantly fair” and applauded proponents of the legislation who have gone a long way to find a compromise with the Catholic Community.

Senate Minority Leader Louis DeLuca, R-Woodbury, seemed far less sympathetic to proponents. DeLuca said he listened to the hearings on the bill over the last two years and he heard a lot of reasons in favor of the legislation, but “we haven’t heard of anyone being harmed.” He said we just hear about “how it has to be done to protect people.” Then he digressed into a rant on how he thought the numbers an advocate of the legislation gave him about the number of rape victims was wrong based on his knowledge of how many rape victims were treated at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, who spoke after DeLuca said every woman whose the victim of rape deserves the best standard of care.

The bill was referred to the Public Health Committee where it will be discussed further.


Anonymous said...

The bill didn't "pass" the Senate. The Amendment was adopted and the bill referred to Public Health. It will come back to get more discussion. Relax on the voice vote thing, there's no conspiracy here, you can guarantee they'll take a roll call when it returns.

CT Bob said...

Yeah, you're right, I kind of glossed over that fact. It's too late to change it now, but there's every indication that it will sail through both houses and reach the Gov's desk in due course.

mccommas said...

The bill, now law, is unconstitutional as hell and you and I both know it.

I will say the Government has a compelling interest to make sure the abortion pill is provided to such women. HOWEVER -- BIG HOWEVER HERE -- as columnist Don Pesci observes, if you can avoid a Constitutional conflict between a compelling interest with an enumerated right by fashioning a statute in such a way that avoids a conflict in the first place than the legislature MUST take that course. I am to lazy to look up the case but that's Constitutional Doctrine.

The abortion cheerleaders in the Legislature could have easily avoid the clash by requiring rape victims to be taken to public hospitals all of which are close by the five or so Catholic hospitals.
Donald Williams, Denise Merrill and the Governor went out of their way to trample on the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment because to put it bluntly they think Catholics should not be Catholic.

It's bigotry pure and simple and of course the root of this is abortion though they say otherwise. Anything that has to do with abortion is a sacred cow for them. On Abortion there is no such thing as moderation. To hear them talk, there could never be enough abortions to please them.
For the record I am neither pro-life or am I Catholic. Had the Catholics filed suit, I am certain this statute would have been voided probably before it got the the SC and certainly with its present composition the law would have been doomed failing that.

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...."

Liberals for all their talk about diversity really can't stand people who are not exactly like themselves. Its drives them nuts that pro-life people actually exist at all.

I think conservatives have a much easier time living on the same planet with people whom they disagree with than liberals. Liberals, as in this case, seek to brainwash the public. They use the apparatus of government to inch by inch advance their debased agenda.

Just scrub those bad thoughts away! Abortion pills for everyone.

mccommas said...