Different Legislatures, Different Rules for Killing the Unborn (And Legislating)
In Oklahoma, even a gubernatorial veto couldn’t prevent the state legislature from making this law:
It requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion. The person who performs the ultrasound must describe the dimensions of the fetus, whether arms, legs and internal organs are visible and whether the physician can detect cardiac activity. He or she must also turn a screen depicting the images toward the woman so she can see them.
In Rhode Island, legislation that would merely require a twenty-four-hour waiting period, the conveyance of some specific information as to the woman’s health, a generic statement of laws and assistance available for pregnancy and birth, and the availability of generic information about preborn children cannot break the “further study” leadership veto.
An witness of Wednesday’s House Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare hearing tells me that Rep. Jon Brien (D., Woonsocket) made a motion, early in the meeting, to hold all bills for further study, with the expectation that the motion would fail, and the committee would actually have to vote on each bill. According to my source, the pro-life committee members held the majority, at that time, by five to four.
Mumbling something about members who weren’t present, Chairman Joe McNamara (D., Cranston, Warwick) wouldn’t recognize the motion, and during the ensuing procedural discussion, three left-wing committee members finally made their appearance. McNamara “entertained a motion” to hold all bills for further study, and it passed seven to five: McNamara, Diaz, Hearn, Slater, Ferri and Ruggiero, for, Brien, MacBeth, Azzinaro, Baldelli-Hunt, and Wasylyk, against.