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