Poison Pill Added to Pro-Life Bill

This morning in the House Public Health Committee, Rep. Andrea Lea (R-Russellville) presented SB113 by Sen. Cecile Bledsoe (R-Rogers). SB113 was good legislation aimed at preventing taxpayer-funded abortions under the new federal healthcare law; it included an exception for the mother’s life. Eleven committee members, led by Rep. Jeff Wardlaw (D-Warren), decided to confuse the process and vote to adopt a hostile amendment—a “poison pill” intended to kill this pro-life bill.