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.
A critical pro-life bill is headed to the House Public Health Committee this week.
This past Tuesday, Representative David Meeks presented a bill to the Arkansas House of Representatives’ Public Health Committee in Little Rock. The bill, HB 1053, would have prevented Arkansans from being penalized for failing to purchase government-approved health insurance under the recently-passed federal healthcare law.
Sadly, the bill was voted down, 12 to 7. However, an interesting thing happened: Two Democrats voted for the bill, Sheilla Lampkin and Jeff Wardlaw.