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Bankruptcy Reform Act Could Include Abortion Clinic Violence Language

The Republican sponsored Bankruptcy Reform Act may reach the floors of the House and Senate as early as next week. Democrats will propose amendments that include language that would prevent individuals convicted of abortion clinic violence from discharging damage awards by declaring bankruptcy. The Bankruptcy Reform Act passed in both the House and the Senate in 2000, but was “pocket vetoed” by former President Clinton partly because the bill did not include language pertaining to abortion clinic violence. Women’s rights groups oppose the Bankruptcy Reform Act, reintroduced in 2001 by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Representative George Gekas (R-PA) because the bill would require the payment of credit card debt before child support or alimony payments and because the final bill does not include the Schumer amendment that prohibited anti-abortion extremists from discharging punitive and compensatory damages, awards and costs to clinics and pro-choice litigators.

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Kaiser Family Foundation Daily Health Report Ð February 1, 9, and 14, 2001