A partial birth abortion bill passed the Senate Friday with an amendment that could possibly void it.
SB 612 was approved as amended by a 29-4 vote. It now goes to the House of Representatives’ Public Health and Welfare Committee.
One portion of the amendment, Section 3e, states “This act is operative and shall be enforced to the extent permitted by the federal Constitution and laws.” The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) believes that is doubletalk.
They are proposing something unconstitutional and then saying nothing here will go unless (the bill is) constitutional,” ACLU Executive Director Rita Spillenger said. “The point is political. They get to say they passed a partial birth abortion bill.”
Spillenger said it’s “political suicide” not to vote for the bill since it has been a highly visible topic during the session. Continue reading