Amendment to Bankruptcy Bill Would Close Loophole for Anti-Choice Extremists
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is expected to propose an amendment next week to bankruptcy legislation which would bar anti-abortion extremists from escaping legal judgments by declaring bankruptcy. According to the Los Angeles Times, Randall Terry, founder of the anti-abortion organization Operation Rescue, openly stated in 1998 that he was declaring bankruptcy in order to avoid paying the court fines he was levied as a result of abortion clinic protests that violated the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE). The FACE Act prohibits not only violence against abortion providers, clinic staff, patients, and volunteers, but also threats of violence. Other anti-abortion extremists have been known to rid themselves of personal assets prior to staging illegal protests, as well.
“I will do my best to hold this bill up in every way until this amendment is supported,” Schumer has said, hinting at the possibility of a filibuster. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) also has shown support for the amendment, saying, “I don’t think there ought to be [debt forgiveness] if someone has blocked an abortion clinic and caused damage, injury, perhaps even fatalities as a result of that blocking,” Specter said, the Los Angeles Times reports..
The bankruptcy legislation enables wealthier citizens to shelter personal assets when filing for bankruptcy, while making it harder for lower-income, elderly, and sick Americans to get rid of their debt, according to the San Francisco Gate. Another amendment is expected from Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) that would raise the minimum wage over two years to $7.25.
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .
4/14/2014 Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services - President Barack Obama last week announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius.
Noting that she will "go down in history" for "serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services when the United States of America finally declared that quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but it is a right for every single citizen of these United States of America," President Obama praised Secretary Sebelius for guiding the implementation of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).
At least 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces created by the ACA. . . .