Wednesday, April 26, 2006

“As pro-life as it can be”

State abortion ban to be debated today in the Senate:

Sen. Ben Nevers' bill would allow abortions only to save the life of the mother.

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Under the measure, doctors found guilty of performing abortions would face up to 10 years in prison and fines of $100,000.
I wonder if Bluey, the Body Rights Thingamabob, will be asked to speak before the Senate. As I have said before, I am pro-abortion, so Bluey speaks for me, although I believe the kiddies would enjoy his delivery more.

Exceptions for rape or incest are expected to be tacked on. They are not in there now because, apparently, those exceptions are not pro-life enough.

***WARNING: Read update for missing sarcasm tags***

In fact, if it were up to Sen. Diana Bajoie, there wouldn’t be ANY exceptions:
Sen. Diana Bajoie, D-New Orleans, said she’d rather have a pure abortion ban with no exceptions, even for the life of the mother.

“If you believe in life, that’s what it should be,” she said.

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Bajoie said Nevers’ bill gives preference to the mother over the baby. She said the mother could decide that she wants the baby to live instead of herself. “This bill is not totally pro-life,” she added.
I guess I don’t believe in life.

Isn’t there something hurricane related we should be doing?

***UPDATE (4-27-06)***

Diane in comments says:
Sen. Bajoie, a pro-choice leader, was injecting some much-needed sarcasm into the debate.
The sarcasm doesn’t come through in the article, but that would be the fault of the writer.

Here’s a link to support what Diane says from Vote-smart.org:
On the votes that the Louisiana Planned Parenthood considered to be the most important in 2001, Senator Bajoie voted their preferred position 100 percent of the time.
It appears my take on Sen. Bajoie’s comments is WRONG. I am happy to hear that I am WRONG. Yey for wrongness! (...when it comes to state senators wanting a “pure abortion ban”)

Sen. Nevers had a 0% rating in 2001.

***UPDATE #2 (4-27-06)***

The bill passed without the exceptions for rape and incest.

Sen. Bajoie was one of six senators who voted against the ban, but she also voted against *adding the exceptions for rape and incest.* It seems a pro-choice leader would vote to give as many women a choice as possible. I hope I am wrong and she doesn't support abortion of any kind, because as President Pro Tempore of the Senate and a friend of the governor, she holds some sway.

6 comments:

Maitri said...

Isn’t there something hurricane related we should be doing?

That's what I said.

Diane said...

Sen. Bajoie, a pro-choice leader, was injecting some much-needed sarcasm into the debate.

punkass marc said...

Thanks for the link to Bluey! He very much appreciated it.

da po' boy said...

Diane, please provide a link that references Sen. Bajoie's pro-choice leadership. I very much appreciate sarcasm, and certainly agree that making this a "pure abortion ban" would ensure that it would fail, thereby achieving the desired end of a pro-choice leader. It would be a shrewd tactical move. However, the media has not picked up on the sarcasm in its reporting, and that's what I go on. Thanks.

da po' boy said...

Found a link.

On the votes that the Louisiana Planned Parenthood considered to be the most important in 2001, Senator Bajoie voted their preferred position 100 percent of the time.

You can't change that much in 5 years. Will update post.

Diane said...

I'm really confused now, too. Bajoie has always been a champion of women's rights, including our reproductive rights. And though this did seem like an exercise in irony, now I, too, am wondering what the hell is going on.