Source: Political Fix

The most controversial section of the bill would make it a felony to force a woman to have an abortion against her will. It would also make it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion if he knew a woman was being coerced.

Domestic violence and rape victim advocates have argued that the bill would make it impossible for women who have been raped to have abortions because the very act of rape is coercion.

State Rep. Sara Lampe, D-Springfield, sponsored an amendment that would exclude rape victims from the bill, but it was shot down.

Until I see vote totals on the bill, the wheel of destiny will not be spun to see if the bill is stalled in the Senate, vetoed, or ruled unconstitutional by the supreme court. It might take a little bit more work to figure out a constitutional and realistic definition for what is coercing an abortion. But that’s the kind of work that our House Majority doesn’t want to do.

And on an unrelated topic, this is one of the more unintentionally hilarious and sad quotes i’ve read lately.

“I think this – and there’s no kidding in my voice – maybe one of the most important thing we’ve done this year”

That’s Senator Matt Bartle, talking about a resolution encouraging the feds to allow horse slaughter. Feelings about horse slaughter aside, passing a resolution doesn’t do anything. It just puts a suggestion into the box of “things elected officials want the federal government to do”.

I’m sure that if passing that resolution is the most important thing the Senate does all year, then we have a Do-Nothing 95th General Assembly hard at work in Jeff City.

Oh yeah, Matt Bartle also has a State Auditor committee for 2010. We’re probably not lucky enough to ever see a Matt Bartle v. Cynthia Davis primary though.