Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Senate approves ban on interstate abortions for minors

This is also pretty crazy - the Senate just passed a bill that prevents minors from travelling across state lines to get abortions without parental notification. Not only that, it penalizes the adult who helps them with fines and up to a year's worth of jail. No exceptions were made for teens whose health was at risk, despite Democratic efforts to include the amendment.

Here's the roll call of Dems voting yes (I was mostly unsurprised to see most of these names, except for Inouye of Hawaii, Harry Reid of Nevada (Senate Minority Leader) and Ken Salazar of Colorado. Wonder what kind of flak Reid's getting on this count, since a 65-34-1 vote is pretty crappy for party unity:

Bayh - Indiana
Byrd - West Virginia
Carper - Delaware
Conrad - N. Dakota
Dorgan - N. Dakota
Inouye - Hawaii -- maybe PIs can correct me, but last I remember Hawaii was a blue state
Kohl - Wisconsin
-- also a surprising vote since Kohl is not in a competitive race
Johnson - S. Dakota
Landrieu - Lousiana
the Nelsons (Ben of Nebraska and Bill of Florida)
Pryor - Arkansas
Reid - Nevada
Salazar - Colorado

Four Republicans voted against the measure: Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island (who is in a supertight contested primary and likely to go down even in the general election. Hmmm, I was wondering if he was the mystery senator that Kos was talking about.)

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