The repeal bill passed by a 31-20 vote and is expected to breeze through the Senate on Tuesday.
Every member voted on the measure.
Barring major defects in the bill, Gov. John A. Burns is expected to let the bill become law without his signature.
It will automatically become law 10 days after he receives it.
The Governor has stated in the past that he supports repeal.
Although the measure is laced with amendments, it still retains its basic intent—to repeal Hawaii’s 101-year-old abortion law.
"I am glad that it is all over," Rep. George W.T. Loo said.
"I feel this is something we all can live by, and I hope it is not abused."
co-chairman of the joint conference committee that worked out the
compromise bill, originally brought the issue to legislative attention
several years ago.
The current law says a woman may get an abortion only when her life is in danger.
The bill would repeal this and make abortion a matter of conscience between a woman and her physician
On Friday, the mini roundup had a newspaper article about a doctor fighting the medical board
to keep his license. Now, here’s the Lifenews
version of the story. No wonder it often seems like anti-choice activists are working with different "facts" than the rest of the population.
February 22, 2010
for NC bishops as state abandons plan to compare pro-life laws Catholic Culture
‘accounting trick,’ taxpayers foot abortion bills OneNewsNow
clinics fear state budget cuts Santa Rosa Press Democrat
for Katine men to take more interest in family planning The Guardian
theology professor advises student to work with Planned Parenthood Catholic
February 21, 2010
Pill and Breast Cancer American Thinker
who assaulted a pro-life protester cancels abortion and
thanks protester Hot
Ultrasound Bill Should Be Passed Wheeling Intelligencer
blurs ethical lines Monroe
Senate proposes opposition to ‘Freedom of Choice Act’ Stow Sentry
Repeal Now Appears to be Certainty
laws may start in Nebraska Omaha World-Herald
Parenthood Employee Resigns, Exposes Undesirable Aspect of Legal Abortion Associated Content
demands on health care reform are wrong The Hudson Reporter
posters to stay: candidate ABC Online
doctors challenge proposed New Zealand abortion guidelines Catholic News Agency
services can save taxpayers millions
Spartanburg Herald Journal
groups that help families The Coloradoan
27 family planning
projects given to NGOs Daily Times
February 20, 2010
decision not up to the government Allentown Morning Call
drugs warning Gulf
group rallies against clinic in East Knoxville WVLT
County couple deceived in adoption scam WNDU-TV
Harper, ‘maternal health’ isn’t very healthy without a choice Globe and Mail
Look: Across the Aisle, Pro-Life Bond Strong in Health Care Fight Lifesite
Palin as Inspiration, More Conservative Women Making Voices Heard FOXNews
take for granted reproductive rights
recruiting couples for study of natural family planning Georgia Bulletin
tells commission about opposition to Planned Parenthood Sturgis Journal
monitors sex scenes on television Telegraph.co.uk
February 19, 2010
Tim Pawlenty Promotes Pro-Life, Opposes Obama Health Care at CPAC LifeNews.com
Women Leaders Address CPAC Conference: We’re Winning on Abortion LifeNews.com
Advocates to Rally Next Week as Legislature Hears Abortion Bills LifeNews.com
Judge Rules Comprehensive Pro-Life Law on Abortion Unconstitutional LifeNews.com
To Decide Constitutionality Of Oklahoma Abortion Law News On 6
morality matters, it’s Catholic v. Catholic on line USA Today
Health Care Reconciliation Bill Expected Monday, Then Summit LifeNews.com
Bill Filed in Legislature The Jacksonville Observer
wants Florida to ban abortion Tallahassee Democrat
doctor accused of abortion on 13-year-old Washington Post
black children The
Star-Ledger – NJ.com
Court Calls 2009 Abortion Restriction Law Unconstitutional ABC News
Care Reform: How Democrats Might Deal With Abortion Language Firedoglake
bill would make abortion punishable by life in prison … Feministing
Billboards: Strong Words Spark Debate in Atlanta’s Black Neighborhoods ABC News
Practitioner Keeps License Despite Violating Court Order, Medical Board LifeNews.com
Forced to Side with Same-Sex Couple in Adoption Case CitizenLink
Bishops hold fast in rejecting fertility technology Washington Post
DIGEST: Planned Parenthood flourishes
woman is more than a baby machine Ottawa Citizen
to Provide Emergency Contraception on US Bases EmpowHer
pregnancy rate up for 1st time in more than 10 years American Medical News
Chronicle: Pregnancy drastically alters teen life my.hsj.org
the Myths Christian
version of sex education bill to get hearing Salt Lake Tribune
What Is the Message From This Election? Ultraconservatives Are Emboldened
Only time will tell how this this week's election and phase of ultra-conservatism among Republicans will play out. What do you predict--and how should pro-choice, pro-reproductive justice advocates respond? Let us know.
useless to draw sweeping conclusions from any off-year or special
election. Turnout can be a little
wacky (for example, it was much lower in VA than in 2008), and is often
dominated by older and high-frequency voters. At this writing, all the data aren’t in, so it’s too early to
delve too deeply into whether or how to project voter sentiment onto the course of future
That said, I believe that for supporters of reproductive
rights and justice, there is one important take-away from yesterday’s elections:
ultra-conservatives are emboldened. It has nothing to do with trends—it’s now a reality.
What will this mean?
First, we will see more challenges in Republican primaries. Despite losing the election in NY-23, conservatives
feel they took down a traitor, pro-choice Republican Dede Scozzafava. She was even considered by some to be more liberal than the Democrat,
though both she and Owens were pro-choice. Already, right-wing activists and tea-baggers,
led by FreedomWorks’ chair and former GOP House majority leader Dick Armey, are
preparing to challenge Republican candidates in more than a dozen House and
Senate races in 2010." "What you’re going to see," said Armey,
and conservatives across the country in primaries."
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It’s not just those anti-tax, socialist-fearing
FreedomWorks folks, but anti-choice activists who feel buoyed by the election. The Susan B. Anthony List, which
supports anti-choice women candidates, teamed up with the National Organization
for Marriage to mobilize votes for Conservative Party Candidate Doug
Hoffman. They spent $142,000 in the race,
including $11,000 in bundled contributions from organization members and sent nine
field staffers to the district. Their reason for this
investment? “The road to a GOP
majority is not paved with taxpayer-funded abortion, same-sex marriage and
Neither FreedomWorks nor SBA care that a House seat that
has been in Republican hands for more than 100 years is now held by a
Democrat. They would rather see a
Democrat than a moderate Republican hold the seat. One scenario that could result is that these emboldened
ultra-conservatives and the moderates keep fighting amongst themselves,
nominating unelectable candidates in races across the country. Will what is left of moderate Republicans disappear? Is that a good or a bad thing?
But this brings me to my other main concern about this
bolder, more visible ultra-conservative push. How will elected Democrats react? In the same breath that they were trumpeting their
so-called success, SBA used their election work to warn Congress about health
care: “Such success should serve
as a cautionary tale to Congress and the White House, whose overreach on health
care could experience a similar demise.” This of course is referring, in part at least, as “no
abortion coverage in health care.”
A problematic scenario that could result is that moderate Democrats,
too many of whom are already weak-in-the-spine on abortion rights, will use this as an excuse to throw
reproductive health under the bus—on health care coverage and beyond. This is avoidable if Democrats actually
look at real data. Exit polls show that NJ and VA elections were dominated by bread-and-butter issues of
economy and jobs, health care, and taxes.
There is no need to begin compromising on issues like reproductive
health in an attempt to placate voters.
It’s also avoidable if we can re-energize our base,
especially pro-choice and pro-health care women. Noted, it’s hard to motivate a base through
compromise, or when our president is shying away from reproductive rights so
publicly. But just as our
opponents are openly partnering with anti-gay marriage groups, we can form
partnerships with LGBT and other progressive partners to create a broader,
motivated core of advocates who can hold pro-choice officials accountable
before and after election day.
Only time will tell how this new phase of
ultra-conservatism among Republicans will play out over the next year. What do you predict–and how
should pro-choice, pro-reproductive justice advocates prepare and respond to
increased pressure from the teabag wing of the Republican party?