Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Cost of Getting Good Pro-life Legislation

Senate Bill 776, read here: http://michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=54423 has been languishing in the House since January 22, when it passed the Senate. We have waited through broken promise after broken promise by the Speaker to run this bill.

Finally, in an apparent breakthrough on Right-to-Life Legislative Day, the Speaker agreed to allow a discharge motion to put the bill on the House floor. They did that, but they did not vote on it. Instead, to the disappointment of three hundred RLM members in town for the day, the vote never took place. The Speaker sent Planned Parenthood-endorsed State Rep. Rebekah Warren (http://www-personal.umich.edu/~ebjorn/images/pa/endorse/12ppam.htm)
out to negotiate a compromise with Right to Life.

Moments ago, the House Judiciary committee, chaired by Pro-choice legislator Paul Condino, posted their agenda for Thursday. They will be running three bills: HB 6048, 6049 and 6050. These bills would respectively, require emergency rooms to offer emergency contraceptives, require pharmacists to fill prescriptions for contraceptives whether they want to or not, and create the Emergency Contraceptive Education Act. These bills are brand new; I haven't read them yet, not sure what that last one would do.

So, is this the price to be paid for a bill that is supported by 80% of the general public and 69 of 110 State Reps?

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