The House of Representatives, obviously more interested in a showing of their anti-choice, anti-women stripes than actually passing their bill, were unable to come up with the two-thirds majority needed to pass a so-called 20-week “fetal pain” ban on the women of Washington, D.C. The common assumption was that even if the bill did pass the House, it would never pass the Senate, making the vote fairly useless all around, unless the point was simply to prove which politicians valued the idea of a fetus–viable or not– more than the flesh and blood woman who carried it.
Now, oddly enough, the tables have turned. Although the Senate version of the bill had gone no where, Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee has thrown a wild card into the mix.
He’s tacked the ban as an amendment onto a “cybersecurity” bill sponsored by Independent Senator Joe Lieberman. Lee isn’t the only one to put unrelated amendments onto Lieberman’s bill, either. In fact, it’s turned into a battle ground for both parties, as the GOP added an amendment to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the Democrats wrote an amendment to limit guns.
The Connecticut lawmaker is not amused by having his bill politicized. “We can get this bill done and protect our security,” Lieberman said Tuesday, according to The Hill. “Nobody believes we’re going to repeal ObamaCare this week or we’re going to adopt gun control legislation.”
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But does anyone believe the Senate will ban abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization in the nation’s capitol this week? Lieberman doesn’t weigh in on that.