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HB57 Goes to the Floor Tomorrow for a Vote

by: julie

Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 13:51:11 PM CST

Today was the House Health Committee hearing on HB57, the TRAP law that aims to shut down the five remaining women's clinics in Alabama. I'll save you the suspense - they voted to pass it to the floor. Only ONE person voted no, and that was Rep. John Knight (D-77).

The vote is TOMORROW, ladies and gentlemen - the GOP is in a hurry to ram this down Alabama's collective gullet before a bunch of mothers and fathers wake up and say, "Hey! Aren't they ALSO going to pass that thing that bans insurance providers statewide from covering contraception?"

You don't live in Alabama any more - you live in Vatican City. These folks take their orders from Above, not from you.

Rep. Jim McClendon chaired the hearing. McClurkin got up and lied awhile (TRAP is about safety - she's so concerned, etc.),  then the lawyer from the "Christian" Coalition took over and lied some more (this template legislation was HAND WRITTEN, by Gawd ) and then it was time for the Pro Choice faction to give some testimony.

McClendon admonished those about to testify to keep it short, [1'30" allowed] and then proceeded to repeat himself four times warning people not to be "redundant". Yes, this IS the same McClendon who threatened supporters of Pat Todd's Medical Marijuana Bill with "harrassment" for EMAILING him.

When you're on a Mission From God, occasional memos may stray 'twixt Heaven and Hell - maybe that's why McClurkin found herself unable to answer even simple questions from the committee about her own legislation. Joe Hubbard seemed interested in the reason all physicians suddenly had to have admitting privileges, but he was to remain unenlightened.

This is a sad day for Alabama. We have Reps who couldn't care less what we think, what the facts are, or how their laws will directly impact the everyday life of hundreds of thousands of people. I'm really not sure what they DO care about - except getting reelected (#1), collecting a nice check with gold-plated benefits (#2), doing favors for their friends and themselves (#3) and  the Church barbeque next Sunday (#4).

End of concern.

This is probably the end of safe, legal abortions in Alabama, too. But y'all knew that when you elected the Taliban, right? Wonder when the witch trials begin...

will they get a hearing?




julie :: HB57 Goes to the Floor Tomorrow for a Vote

House Health Committee:


  • Rep. Jim McClendon - Chair

  • Rep. Mike Millican - Vice Chair

  • Rep. Johnny M. Morrow - Ranking Minority Member

  • Rep. Elaine Beech - Member

  • Rep. Donnie Chesteen - Member

  • Rep. Berry Forte - Member

  • Rep. Laura Hall - Member

  • Rep. Ed Henry - Member

  • Rep. John F. Knight - Member * only NO vote

  • Rep. Paul Lee - Member

  • Rep. Becky Nordgren - Member

  • Rep. James 'Jim' Patterson - Member

  • Rep. Allen Treadaway - Member

  • Rep. April Weaver - Member

  • Rep. Ronald G. Johnson - Member



       Sen. Greg Reed - Chairperson

  • Sen. Paul Bussman - Vice Chairperson

  • Sen. Billy M. Beasley - Member

  • Sen. Slade Blackwell - Member

  • Sen. Linda Coleman - Member

  • Sen. Gerald Dial - Member

  • Sen. Harri Anne Smith - Member

  • Sen. Cam Ward - Member

  • Sen. J. T. Waggoner - Member

  • Sen. Tom Whatley - Member


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Find a list of legislators & their contact information (4.00 / 1)
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"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith

THe Senate Committee hasn't had a hearing yet (4.00 / 1)
We may get some help from Sen Linda Coleman - she was a brick last year. She and Patricia Todd were stalwart in their defense of choice!

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Churchill

HB57 (4.00 / 1)
Before you start calling names, remember there were democrat members who voted with the GOP: enough to have made some noise had they wanted.

Dems are NOT (0.00 / 0)

off the sh** list if they sit quietly by and do nothing.

Alabama Democrats are often more conservative than some of their GOP brethren, and frankly I don't care what your LABEL is - I care what your VOTE is!

NONE will be spared - and that's a promise.

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Churchill

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