Abortion-Related Language Stalls Bankruptcy Bill

Members of the House and Senate are no farther along in reaching a compromise on bankruptcy legislation that is stalled in conference. At issue is abortion-related language in the Senate version of the bill, which would bar anti-abortion extremists from using bankruptcy to avoid paying civil damages incurred from anti-abortion clinic violence. Congressman Henry Hyde (R-IL) has vocally opposed the Senate language, stating that, “It is bad policy to single out a narrow class of debtors for punishment.” Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), author of the abortion provision, however notes, “We have a broad consensus – pro-choice and pro-life – that people who use violence to shut down clinics should be stopped.” The White House has indicated that the President will sign the legislation with or without the contested language.


New York Times, 4/30/02

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