The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Friday, February 27, 2004
Fetus is unborn child bill passes US House - with 47 Dems' support
On November 21 2003, I flagged HR 1197, the so-called Laci and Conner's Law, ostensibly designed with the narrow intent of protecting fetuses from harm as a result of criminal acts (within Federal jurisdiction), but of value to the anti-abortion lobby in introducing into the US Code the notion that a fetus is an unborn child.
HR 1197 passed the House on Roll Call 31 by 254-163. Of those voting for the bill, 47 were Democrats.
I suspect that most liberal Dems would vehemently oppose the bill (though there may, I suppose, be some Catholic liberals who would support - a category analogous to the old Jim Crow liberals.)
But, needless to say, they would have no difficulty in seeing Dem supporters of the bill welcomed back in January if a Dem majority House was in prospect.
(A point made, in the context of the homo-amendment, by Kos.)
It's two-party politics as (virtually) decreed by the Constitution. As American as apple-pie.
It used to be the case, in the 'Good Old Days' of the Solid (Democratic) South, that Mississippi (and one or two other states) would rather vote for a monkey than a Republican; it was equally certain that, had Mississippi managed to elect a monkey to Congress , nice Northern liberal Democratic members with Ivy League degrees would have been as rabid as any nigger-baiter from Dixie to get him seated!
I change act to bill in the hed, though act is technically correct, I think.
Whether it can pass the Senate is problematical, according to AP.
The opponents of the bill had a good try at flushing out the ideological nature of the measure by introducing - and duly seeing voted down - an amendment (from Rep Zoe Lofgren) which would have created a similar crime but without the need for an unborn child definition.
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