Tuesday, February 8, 2011
CBS: Abortion Funding Showdown Escalates, by Stephanie Condon:
As anti-abortion rights activists and lawmakers escalate their attacks on groups like Planned Parenthood, Democrats and pro-abortion rights groups are digging in their heels with new messaging and grassroots mobilization.
Democratic lawmakers held press conferences today decrying a set of anti-abortion bills in Congress as an "attack on women's health," as Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) put it. Meanwhile, protesters against the legislation, wearing red tape over their mouths, were escorted by police out of a congressional hearing room today for silently interrupting a panel discussion on the issue. As they walked out, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said the current debate is about whether it is the federal government's role "to fund a practice that continues to take the lives of over 1 million little Americans every year."
Franks was leading the House Judiciary Committee hearing today on one of the two bills intended to scale back federal funding for abortion services -- Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.)'s "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act." . . .
Wash. Post: DC Vote activists ejected from House abortion bill hearing after protest, by Ben Pershing:
Eleven District activists were ejected from a House subcommittee hearing on a controversial abortion bill Tuesday after they staged a silent protest at the start of the session.
The hearing, convened by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, was on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, a Republican leadership-backed measure designed to prohibit government funding of abortions. The bill has drawn the ire of a wide variety of groups that support abortion rights, but it has also sparked concerns in the District because of its language preventing the city from using its own funds to pay for abortions for low-income women. (Mike DeBonis takes a separate look at whether the District actually has been paying for abortions here.) . . .