Senate Abortion Bill to Challenge BushCongress passes a bill that will allow federally financed family planning clinics to resume abortion counseling.
Senate Abortion Bill to Challenge Bush
By ALAN FRAM
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON -The Senate setup an election-season veto fight with President Bush on Monday by sending him a bill that would allow federally financed family planning clinics to resume abortion counseling.
The senators gent the measure to the White House on a voice vote, even though its House supporters will probably be unable to round up the two-thirds majority they would need to overturn an expected presidential veto.
A ban on such counseling was imposed by President Reagan in 1988 and continued by Bush. The Supreme Court upheld the prohibition in a 54 decision in April, 1991.
Congress will be forcing Bush to reject the measure less than two months before Election Day, at a time when public opinion show that the presidentâ€™s anti- abortion stance is unpopular.
â€œThe Bush administration hopes its â€˜gag ruleâ€™ will keep abortion a secret as much as possible,â€ said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., using the name which opponents have given the ban, strategy ig unacceptable, and itâ€™s doomed to failure.â€
Opponents of the ban say it is harder for poor women to find out about abortion, because they compromise most of the four million women who use the 4,000 government-financed clinics each year supporters.
â€œItâ€™s election-year high-jinks,â€ said Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C.
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|Date Added||June 24, 2015|
|Date Modifed||April 19, 2018|
|Collection||Cavalier Daily: articles about gender discrimination|
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