With first and second choices sidetracked, anti-abortion forces will be putting their remaining efforts for the session behind SB 210, a bill to permit physicians who perform abortions to be sued – by the women undergoing the procedures – if they don’t follow all state restrictions now in place.
That includes requirements such as parental notification for women under the age of 18. And in this instance, Republicans don’t appear to believe in tort reform — no liability caps are included.
SB 210 was remanded directly to the Senate Rules Committee – usually a sign of greased tracks. The measure is sponsored by state Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville. Another anti-abortion bill by Loudermilk suddenly morphed last week into a measure that would have restricted abortions to hospitals – which by and large do not perform abortions.
It was tabled after being judged too fraught with legal issues.
A House measure to bar abortions after 20 weeks, citing the pain that anti-abortion advocates say is endured by the fetus, has not moved.
Look for SB 210 to be at the top of the Senate calendar Wednesday. We’re told House and Senate leaders are backing the bill – an important point, given the rift between House Speaker David Ralston and Georgia Right to Life.
Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) last week interviewed U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss on a number of topics. In a segment broadcast Friday, the senator said he had no interest in de-funding NPR.
In the segment broadcast Monday, Chambliss talked more about the bipartisan Senate effort to draft a blueprint to tackle the federal deficit. The effort has been criticized by Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, O’Hayer pointed out. Replied Chambliss:
”There are some people out there now who are trying to become relevant in the debate. He has a job. He represents an organization. He raises money from people for his organization. And I think he has to, from his standpoint, inject himself into the debates from time to time. And that’s okay.
“But you know, the ratings on the most conservative members of the U.S. Senate just came out. Mike Crapo, Tom Coburn and myself – who are the three Republicans engaged in this debate currently, with three Democrats – were rated as the three most conservatives of the Senate. I would put our credentials, from a conservative standpoint, or from a tax-debate-and-vote standpoint, against anybody Grover wants to put us up against.
“It’s a matter of where is this country going. What kind of America are we going to leave for our children? Are we going to saddle them with this huge debt that we have incurred over the last couple of decades? I just don’t think that’s right, don’t think that’s fair. It’s the No. 1 national security issue….
“This is a serious, serious problem and we have to have adults in the room who are having a real discussion about it, or otherwise it’s not going to get solved. Those who just want to deal with their parochial issues instead of looking at the big picture – they’re not going to solve the problem.”
The Marietta Daily Journal reports this morning that the Kennesaw State University’s faculty senate has postponed a vote to endorse the hiring of Dr. Timothy Chandler, who has been offered the job of provost but has yet to accept. The newspaper has been raising questions about the Chandler’s hiring, citing a 13-year-old research paper that cites Karl Marx.
Also from today’s MDJ, Meghan McCain, daughter of the U.S. senator and former Republican nominee for president, said she’d rather see Mitt Romney challenge President Barack Obama next year rather than Sarah Palin:
“I just don’t agree with the moves she’s made since the election. If I was advising her I would have told her to go away, stay silent, read up on everything, then really start campaigning hard. The reality shows, it’s just not what I believe in for the White House.”
That’s not to say McCain, who is a columnist for Tina Brown’s The Daily Beast, doesn’t have respect for Palin.
“She is captivating on every level, and she’s a lot smarter than people ever give her credit for,” McCain said. “I do not think she’s stupid. I do not think she’s crazy. There are these things that she is stereotyped to be.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider