Abortion rights opponents took aim at House Speaker David Ralston yesterday for holding up a bill that would criminalize doctors for performing coerced abortions.
The group Right to Life wanted the legislation so it could eventually challenge Roe vs. Wade in the supreme court. The group urged the Republican speaker to put the bill on the floor for a vote or suffer the consequences come election season.
“The pro-life plank is the core value for Republican Politics in this state. It has been for some time," says Dan Becker with Right to Life, "so if the speaker turns away from this value, there will be difficulty in turning out the vote and the base in the November elections. “
Ralston didn’t call the bill up because he didn't want to punish doctors.
"I sort of took that as an ultimatum and I think that was unacceptable, but we’re going to move past that and I think we’re going to move in a more positive direction and get it done right," says Ralston,"instead of getting it done in a hurry."
Ralston says he’s putting together a committee to rework the bill and re-introduce it next session.