This article explains why Democrats for Life came up with its own bill, and also makes clear to any who didnt already know it that the timing of these proposals has everything to do with election-year posturing and nothing to do with any genuine expectation of legislation.
Let me go further: if either of these proposals, sponsored by a tiny proportion of the Democrats in the House, actually succeed in persuading folks to vote for Democratic candidates in November, theyre even less likely to become law. After all, a Democratic House majority is unlikely to go along with anything that casts doubt upon moral neutrality of choice.
This from the Chattanooga paper is interesting:
Jeff Teague, president of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee, said his group supports efforts to reduce abortions. But he said Rep. Davis’ bill lacks programs for promoting contraceptives as a prevention method.
The government first should fully fund programs that provide people with access to birth control and a comprehensive sex education program that goes beyond abstinence, he said.
"The problem is not that too many women are having abortions," Mr. Teague said. "It is that too many women are facing unintended pregnancies. Why don’t we prevent the pregnancies in the first place?"
And in the article Davis denies that its an election-year ploy. Right. Im sure hes sincere, but hes providing cover for folks who will never vote for his measure.