Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tiller resolution blocked in U.S. Senate

California’s Barbara Boxer at forefront of standoff that led to measure’s downfall

California Sen. Barbara Boxer was among three main sponsors of a resolution in the U.S. Senate last week that would have added the term “reproductive health care” to a similar measure adopted unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month lamenting the slaying of late-term abortionist George Tiller.

Boxer joined with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota – all Democrats – in an attempt to add language to the House-passed resolution that drew strenuous opposition from pro-life lawmakers and ultimately resulted in the Senate passing no resolution on the Tiller matter.

The House resolution – HR 505 – was adopted June 9 by a vote of 423-0. HR 505 lamented Tiller’s killing in “his place of worship,” offered the House’s condolences to the Tiller family and condemned a growing trend of slayings at churches and synagogues. Notably absent from the House resolution was any mention of what Tiller did for a living or any mention of abortion-related violence of any kind. 

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