Schakowsky, Dold Help Defeat Pro-Life Bill

North Shore representatives vote against bill that would criminalize abortion based on gender.

A proposed federal law criminalizing abortions performed solely because of the gender of the fetus was defeated Thursday as , joined six other Republicans in voting against the measure.

, voted against the bill as well, joining 160 of her Democratic colleagues to defeat the proposed legislation on procedural grounds.

The final vote was 246-168 in favor of the bill, which required a two-thirds majority because its sponsors were trying to rush it through and needed a suspension of the rules to do so, according to Dold communications director Stefani Zimmerman.

Schakowsky was incensed that the Republican majority would try to suspend its rules for a vote on this bill because they claimed it fights gender discrimination.

“If you ask American women where gender discrimination affects them most, they will say in their paychecks,” Schakowsky said. “Today Republicans brought to the floor a bill that addresses a nonexistent problem in the United States.”

Addressing the issue of gender discrimination, Dold split with his party because he does not want to insert the United States government into the relationship between a doctor and patient.

“Abortions based on gender-selection are reprehensible, but federal legislative intervention and criminalization is not the proper approach,” Dold said. “These are serious issues, particularly in some foreign countries, but today’s legislation would obligate American doctors to police and report thought crimes.”

Deerfield management consultant Brad Schneider, Dold’s opponent in the Nov. 6 general election, had no disagreement with Dold or Schakowsky. He was angry with the right wing influence within the Republican Party.

“The fact that this bill even came up for a vote shows that Tea Party Republicans are more concerned about pushing an ideological agenda than getting our economy moving,” Schneider said.

Schakowsky explained that if the bill became law, just the suggestion of a gender issue in an abortion could force an unwanted pregnancy on a woman.

“A woman’s husband or parents by merely alleging that an abortion is because of gender (could) seek injunctive relief to prevent the doctor from performing abortion procedures, sending an incredibly private, personal decision into the courts,” Schakowsky said.

McCloud July 09, 2012 at 04:56 PM
We care, you just are not intelligient enough to overcome your bias.
Bonnie Quirke July 09, 2012 at 05:02 PM
A.M. Kelly, So what was done to the Indians is an excuse for today's killing of the innocent unborn?
McCloud July 09, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I'm surprised Bush isn't to blame for this.
Earl Weiss July 09, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Ms. Quirke, while I understand your opinion and respect your right to have this opinion, their are those such as myself who reject your opinion and consider any terms with regard to killing something that has not been born to be an oxymoron.
A. M. Kelly July 09, 2012 at 05:19 PM
No, McCloud, the LAW differentiates the two. .and by the way, your self-righteous small self might remember that God doesn't think much of LYING either.
A. M. Kelly July 09, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Really?...I'm surprised Obama isn't!...As for Bush, well, as I recall, you blamed him for ANYTHING...Back then, it was all CLINTON's fault, LOL!
McCloud July 09, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Actually, Obama sponsored a bill for this, so there is empiracal evidence showing his lack of respect for life.
A. M. Kelly July 09, 2012 at 05:28 PM
No...It's simply a refutation of your argument regarding the origins of this country, although I hate disillusioning the often hillariously uneducated right wing...It's just that it becomes emabarrassing, at times, one of those being when Michelle Bachman told us all how the "Founding Fathers fought slavery from the beginning", LOL
A. M. Kelly July 09, 2012 at 05:33 PM
BWHAHAHAHAHA!...As a Rightie, I suspect you don't care much for things like "objectivity", but putting that aside, I really must tell you that EVERY objective study of Conservates and Liberals concludes that liberals are generally smarter and more highly educated than conservatives.
McCloud July 09, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Your pretentiousness embarasses me. I feel sorry for the small thinkers who understand everything from creation, life, metaphysics, and stimulus bills.
A. M. Kelly July 09, 2012 at 06:15 PM
McCloud: Yes, so much of anything resembling logic or critical thought seems to be interpreted by the Right as "elitist" or "pretentious". Too bad you never understood the value of education...The fact is, many of you embarrass me, not to mention millions of other educated Americans. Try educating yourself, bro...
McCloud July 09, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I forgot you have studies that prove you are smarter than me. They are probably written by the same guys who told Obama the private sector is doing great.
McCloud July 09, 2012 at 06:51 PM
One last point, you know Mr Kelly you may be right. Strangeling the baby may be more humane than turning your back on the baby gasping for air and fighting for life. Maybe you are smarter than me.
A. M. Kelly July 09, 2012 at 06:55 PM
As long as they're not written by the same people who told Romney to let the Auto Industry fail!...Osama is DEAD and the auto industry is alive! Oh but who cares, right?...Let's keep talking about abortion!..What's sad about you Righties is that you don't realize how the Repubs manipulate you with wedge issues, like "god, guns, and gays"...You should count back to how many supposedly "pro-life" presidents we've had, and then ask yourself WHY Roe vs. Wade is still the law of the land...If they were serious about getting it struck down, it would be gone by now...The thing is, it WORKS for them and while I'm sure a few are sincere, (certainly not flip-flop Mitt who was "pro choice as governor) for MANY more, it's just a way of getting people to vote AGAINST their own economic interests...The Repub leadership doesn't care about anyone not pulling in at least a million a year, wedge issues be damned.
A. M. Kelly July 09, 2012 at 06:56 PM
One last point, McCloud...What makes you assume I am a "mister"?
McCloud July 09, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Perhaps your caustic and careless outlook on human life led me to think that you are not a woman.
A. M. Kelly July 09, 2012 at 07:30 PM
McCloud:...Gee, in addition to lying about Obama, you now want to lie about ME? Do not even TRY to put words in my mouth, especially since YOU are the one who seems obsessed with "strangling a baby"...I never SAID it was "humane", I said it was MURDER...You the one who tried to pass it off as "legal". Sorry, bro..I refuse to have a battle of wits with unarmed opponents and I do NOT deal with repeated LIARS.
A. M. Kelly July 09, 2012 at 07:38 PM
LOL, "perhaps", but not likely..The fact is, most men think everyone ELSE is a man, except for women whose bodies they want to control. By the way, you have NO idea what my "outlook on human life" is, you only know I'm not rigidly anti-abortion.....Like I said, I don't deal with witless liars, so goodbye.
McCloud July 09, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Sweetheart, "not rigidly anti-abortion", whatever helps you sleep at night.
steve shay July 09, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I am siding with Bonnie Quirke because, based on the above comments, A.M. Kelly is a misguided bully.
A. M. Kelly July 09, 2012 at 09:36 PM
"Sweetheart"...I have no problems with that...Good luck with the lying.
A. M. Kelly July 09, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Now THAT should teach me a lesson, right, Steve Shay, lol? Frankly, I would "side" with the argument that made the most sense to me, personal characteristics aside, but that, generally, is asking too much from wingnuts.
Warren Anderson July 09, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I have kept silent too long about A.M. Kelly's delusional thinking regarding liberals being more intelligent than conservatives. I am board-certified in two medical specialties. I have served as chair of the board of trustees of a college and a university. I have known countless intellectuals from both Republican and Democratic camps. Virtually all of them are civil in their discourse about politics, theology, and other subjects. Studies show that about 20 percent of the population are liberals. Because liberals control the media and the entertainment industry, much of the uneducated populace is easily swayed to vote Democratic. If no people believed in the idea of a free lunch, the Democratic party would virtually die. The message of the Democratic candidate is: "Vote for me, I will give you free goodies, and it will really cost you virtually nothing because we will tax the rich more." This fulfills the prophecy of the French writer Alexis de Tocqueviile: "America will cease to be great when her people realize that they can vote for themselves largesse from the treasury."
McCloud July 09, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Good luck with holding together your support for a President who sponsored a bill to force a doctor to turn his back on a baby grasping for air and fighting for life. For a President who said passing the massive stimulus bill would bring unemployment down to 5.6% by 2012 when the manipulated index remains at 8.2%. For a President who has added more dent to our national debt than all other Presidents combined. Saved the auto industry? That must be the new hope your guy has been smarmy about. Fact is, the taxpayers are on the hook for 40 billion, but the Obama propaganda folks are not counting that in the earnings ratios. Bottom line is you grasp at straws and support a guy who is a failure on economics and in favor of killing babies and you know it.
McCloud July 09, 2012 at 10:30 PM
And Jan Schakowsky is right there with this failure in the white house along with Duckworth.. Vote em all out!
Brian L. July 09, 2012 at 10:51 PM
How can you make a broad based statement about uneducated voters being democratic? Your argument against her saying conservatives aren't intelligent is just saying that democrats aren't intelligent, but you yourself are. Uneducated is such a broad term anyway. If we took a poll through the vast farmlands of our Midwest, we would find many many republicans who didn't finish school and are thus considered uneducated much in the same way you are implying inner city residents are uneducated. The Right also loves to preach on the free lunch idea. Yes, we (the left)like to help others. The nation would be great if we could count on everyone to donate time and money of their own accord on a grand scale. That doesn't happen. I'm not rich...I don't even own my own home, but I am doing better then a lot of unfortunate souls here in America. If some of my tax money can go towards helping them, I'm ok with that. Yes, there is abuse of those systems by both constituents and politicians and that should be fixed, but that doesn't mean those programs don't help people get on their feet again.
RB July 09, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Warren, are you describing a fiscal conservative, a social conservative, both or Republicans? If you think the Republican party of today is a fiscal small Government conservative party, I've got news for you. Small minded ideology has gotten in the way of small Government. Republicans today want individual freedom as long as they are the individual. They want Big Government when it comes to social ideology enforcement and Small Government when it comes to anything that benefits regular people, (especially now - when so many people need the safety net) or regulations to prevent another mortgage and economic meltdown like Bush 43 oversaw.
McCloud July 09, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Especially now when so many people need a safety net? Perhaps we all need a safety need from Obama, Reid, Pelosi and Shumer. After 4 years the clear evidence with each GDP and job index realease, Obama is a failure, and people need jobs not safety nets. The anemic economy has not improved under your dear leader, time for change to give all of us hope.
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John C Thomson August 15, 2012 at 01:36 AM
All I know is that when it came down to killing the unborn or saving a women from cancer, Komen got kicked to the curb.


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