An amendment which would have required convicted violators of FACE and other abortion clinic protection laws to pay court-ordered damages was defeated yesterday in the House Judiciary Committee.
The vote was split by party line, with Democrats favoring the amendment and Republicans opposing it. The amendment, offered as part of a larger package of bankruptcy reform laws, was designed to stop convicted individuals and organizations from using bankruptcy laws to avoid paying damage awards. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) defended the amendment yesterday, explaining that "some abortion saboteurs might be let off the hook in bankruptcy if they could prove that their actions at a clinic, while destructive, were not intended to harm lives."
Nadler and other Democratic supporters have promised to keep fighting for the amendment, and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) may propose similar legislation to the Senate Judiciary Committee during its bankruptcy reform markup today.
Media Resources: Kaiser Family Foundation - April 22, 1999
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .