Clearly furious after more than two years of political tomfoolery from the Democrat majority, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo has called the Legislature into special session to address Substitute Bill No. 52-31, The Women’s Reproductive Health Information Act of 2011.
In a scathing letter to Democratic Speaker Judi Won Pat, Republican Governor Calvo restates the importance of this bill, which was introduced just 22 days after the 31st Legislature convened, but which has yet to be addressed on the session floor.
Pro-life demonstrators showed up yesterday at the Legislature during a public hearing on the Guam military build-up. The concerned citizens were told that they had come to the wrong meeting.
A certain doctor pointed out that a lot of military personnel are going to find that Guam is a beautiful place and some of these personnel are going to form relationships that are going to result in pregnancies that are unwanted.
“Indirectly, then, the military build-up will lead to more abortions on Guam,” said Dr. Vince Akimoto adding, "We're demanding that the senators come into session to hear this bill and let the people of Guam know prior to this November election where do you stand on abortion? What is it about this issue that you are afraid of?" an impassioned Akimoto asked rhetorically.
The controversial measure in question is known as an informed consent bill and it would require that women be given information about their abortion procedure before they consent to having one. Women would be given information about the procedure itself, about assistance that is available to them, and about other options like adoption.
The Governor introduced the bill on January 25, 2011, only to have it placed in legislative limbo by rules committee chairman Senator Rory Respicio (Democrat) and substantively changed by him, according to local pro-life activists.
The Governor was unbridled in his rebuke of the Democratic majority. “According to the bills listed on your website, 474 more bills have been introduced since that time, several of which are for zoning. One of the bills introduced appropriated bond proceeds to purchase a beach. I’d hardly call such time spent crafting these provisions as useful to the people, or beneficial to their quality of life,” Governor Calvo fumed.
Undaunted by criticism from his own, Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., the health committee chairman, courageously brought the bill back out and recrafted the proposed legislation back to its original intent. Sen. Rodriguez was finally able to report Bill No. 52-31 out of the health committee yesterday morning.
The measure will require that a woman receive important information about the abortion procedure she is contemplating, information that may not be provided now.
This information ranges from a description about the procedure itself to assistance, options, and rights that such women may have. Options include adoption, for which there is already a wait list, according to pro-life activists. Women would also be advised of their right to report men who have abused, raped, or enslaved them, and who may be subsequently forcing women to receive the abortion.
“Indeed, there is more instruction about how to administer a dog’s heartworm medication than there is about this extremely invasive procedure. It is almost as though the system is designed to promote abortion by robbing women of the information they need to make the most informed decision,” Governor Calvo wrote in his letter calling the Legislature into session so that this important issue can finally be addressed.
Session is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24. A bus with bucks will be provided for any one needing a ride. Call Senator Chris Duenas at 727-1329 for details.