Special session called for Bill 52
Holding up signs with slogans reading “Abortion Kills Children” and “Abortion is the Ultimate Child Abuse,” a group of pro-life supporters gathered outside the Legislature yesterday in an attempt to call attention to Bill 52, the Women’s Reproductive Health Bill of 2011.
The group had originally thought the legislative session was being held to discuss the bill. But the senators were discussing the military buildup.
Later in the day, however, Speaker Judith Won Pat called for a special legislative session to review the bill on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the request of Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo.
Bill 52 would require informed consent from a woman before abortion is performed and requires information regarding the procedure, the woman’s rights, and services available for the woman and her child, such as counseling and welfare assistance. A 24-hour wait period after receiving this information is also required.
The group of anti-abortion demonstrators included Deacon Frank Tenorio and his wife Maria.
Mrs. Tenorio stated: “The military build-up is a very important issue for the island, but we also wanted to let the senators be aware that there is a more important issue that they have been shelving and just putting away. We want the senators to know that we are here because we want Bill 52 to be heard. And if the military knows that we are here, maybe they’ll think about how important it is for the island not to kill these babies that may be conceived when they come here.”
Bill 52 had been introduced by governor Calvo in 2011 along with Bill 51, The Unborn Child Protection Act of 2011.
Sen. Dennis Rodriguez, the health committee chairman, reported that in the committee eight senators voted in support of the bill, while one voted to report out only.