Utah Senator Offers Abortion Amendment to Cybersecurity Act

We alluded to this earlier but here's the full story on an amendment about abortion being offered to the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. Adding nonsensical or unrelated amendments to bills in committee is pretty normal, but Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) might win the booby prize for most unrelated issue ever attached to a bill. After a bill to ban abortions in D.C. after 20 weeks was defeated on Tuesday night because it failed to garner enough support (a two-thirds majority), Senator Mike Lee decided to offer it up as an amendment to the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. The House voted in favor of the bill.

The legislation is based on the claim that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks’ in the womb. A spokesperson for the Senator referred media to a statement he made in February about the issue:

"Protecting unborn children from experiencing pain should not be controversial," Lee said in February. "Similar laws have already been passed in multiple states. With respect to the federal District, Congress not only has the responsibility to act immediately, but also the undisputed authority to do so."

While that may or may not be the case (depending on how you feel about abortion), the legislation should probably stand or fall on its own merits and not be attached to a bill about protecting critical infrastructure and monitoring the Internet.

Source: Washington Post

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    Monte says:

    The optimist in me kind wants to think that these really thing this bill is terrible and needs to die, but at the same time are savy enough to know that the easiest way to kill the bill (while at the same time not having to fight their fellow republicans) is by attaching an amendment that they know the democrats will NEVER allow through.

    The pessimist in me however thinks that these guys really ARE just trying to use this bill to push their own agendas.

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    "LOL – How long were you waiting to say "booby prize" on GP?"

    Looks like it's been about 4 years since we last used the phrase.  The opportunity certainly doesn't present itself often!


    Andrew Eisen

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    Left4Dead says:

    LOL – How long were you waiting to say "booby prize" on GP?

    Fluff amendments are designed to kill the bill off by wasting everyone's time with meaningless votes when they go to pass the bill.  For this we should be applauding anyone with fluff amendments for doing the right thing to kill it off.

    Or, as the good Internets would say, "Nuke it from orbit!  Burn it with fire!"  Followed immediately with, "Ooh!  MOAR CAT VIDEOS!!1!"  We have the unfortunate attention span of a 5 year old on LSD.

    -- Left4Dead --

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    Sam-LibrarIan Witt says:

    I don't think this sort of thing should be allowed. "Hey, did you hear? A new bill just passed on cybersecurity! So much for the ability to abort babies." Wait, what?

    I think all bill amendments and additions should be directly related to the original topic, but who am I to say that abortion and cybersecurity aren't related? I'm obviously not a smart politician!

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