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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Will Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal Kepp His Word On HF 657?

As Steve points out, on Tuesday (3 May) 26 of the 50 members of the Iowa Senate signed a withdrawal petition to bring HF 657 to the floor. That is the bill commonly known as the It is now up to Gronstal to schedule debate. According to the Iowa Legislature website the action yesterday was that it was "Placed on calendar under Rule 42. S.J. 1100." But no actual date has been set. According to the website, the next session of the Senate is scheduled for Friday 6 May. Hopefully Gronstal will allow debate. But you can be sure he is not happy his hand is being forced. (More on this story here & here)

Senator Gronstal: Your Word is Your Bond

Steven N. Brody, Executive Director of Dubuque County Right to Life, Inc. issued the following statement today regarding Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal’s apparent non-committal to schedule debate on House File 657, the Fetal Pain Bill:
“Senator Gronstal has repeatedly stated in numerous press sources that he would not block debate on House File 657, the Fetal Pain Bill. Dubuque County Right to Life, Inc. is calling on Senator Gronstal to be a man of his word and do the right thing.”
Twenty-Six members of the State Senate, both Republican and Democrat, took the unprecedented step of signing a withdrawal petition to remove the bill out of the Government Oversight Committee, and onto the Senate floor. Senator Gronstal is now responsible for either scheduling debate or not.
“The Iowa House has already passed it, the Iowa Senate wants to pass it, the Governor wants to sign it, the Mayor of Council Bluffs and its citizens want it passed, and the citizens of Iowa want it passed. Senator Gronstal needs to be a man of integrity, and not become known as the man responsible for allowing LeRoy Carhart to perform late-term abortions in our state.” Dubuque County Right to Life is a non-profit, non-sectarian, educational organization dedicated to preserving and fostering a respect for human life from conception to natural death. We educate the public about the dangers of abortion, euthanasia, and infanticide.

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