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Senate Holds Firm Against Anti-Abortion Pressure

Despite pressure from House Representatives, U.S. Senators are holding firm in their opposition to dropping language from the pending bankruptcy bill that would bars perpetrators of abortion clinic-related violence from avoiding payment of legal judgments by declaring bankruptcy. Negotiators from both houses met this week to try to iron out differences in the two version of the bill, but House representatives refuse to add the abortion violence-related provisions and are pressuring the Senators to drop their language. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), who originally introduced the language, has said that there concensus among the Senators on this issue stating, “We had a broad concensus, pro-choice and pro-life, that people who use violence to shut down clinics should be stopped.” According to Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Reports, the President has indicated that he will approve “whatever bill is agreed upon by the House and Senate.”

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Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report and Wall Street Journal, 4/25/02; Feminist News Wire