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Democratic Senators will not seek re-election in 2010; Dodd replaced by Pro-Choice Dem Richard Blumenthal ?

Posted in Abortion, Anti-abortion, Health Care, Left Wing, Liberal, Politics, pro-choice, Pro-Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2010 by saynsumthn

Democratic Sens. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota won’t seek re-election this fall, party officials say, bringing to four the number of open Senate seats Democrats must defend to protect their majority. (Jan. 6)

One note about “tax funded abortion and Health Care for everyone” pushing Senator Chris Dodd – He Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP.
CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: To require that legislation to reauthorize SCHIP include provisions codifying the unborn child regulation. Amends the definition of the term “targeted low-income child” to provide that such term includes the period from conception to birth, for eligibility for child health assistance.

SUPPORTER’S ARGUMENT FOR VOTING YES:Sen. ALLARD: This amendment will codify the current unborn child rule by amending the SCHIP reauthorization reserve fund. This amendment will clarify in statute that the term “child” includes the period from conception to birth. This is a pro-life vote.OPPONENT’S ARGUMENT FOR VOTING NO: Sen. FEINSTEIN: We already clarified SCHIP law that a pregnant woman’s coverage under SCHIP law is optional. We made it obligatory so every pregnant woman has the advantage of medical insurance. This amendment undoes that. It takes it away from the woman and gives it to the fetus. Now, if a pregnant woman is in an accident, loses the child, she does not get coverage, the child gets coverage. We already solved the problem. If you cover the pregnant woman, you cover her fetus. What Senator Allard does is remove the coverage from the pregnant woman and cover the fetus.LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Amendment rejected, 46-52
Reference: Bill S.Amdt.4233 to S.Con.Res.70 ; vote number 08-S081 on Mar 14, 2008

Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life.
S. 3 As Amended; Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. Vote to pass a bill banning a medical procedure, which is commonly known as “partial-birth” abortion. Those who performed this procedure would then face fines and up to two years in prison, the women to whom this procedure is performed on are not held criminally liable. This bill would make the exception for cases in which a women’s life is in danger, not for cases where a women’s health is in danger.
Reference: Bill S.3 ; vote number 2003-51 on Mar 12, 2003

Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions.
This legislation, if enacted, would ban the abortion procedure in which the physician partially delivers the fetus before completing the abortion. [A NO vote supports abortion rights].
Status: Bill Passed Y)63; N)34; NV)3
Reference: Partial Birth Abortion Ban; Bill S. 1692 ; vote number 1999-340 on Oct 21, 1999

Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record.
Dodd scores 100% by NARAL on pro-choice voting record

For over thirty years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has been the political arm of the pro-choice movement and a strong advocate of reproductive freedom and choice. NARAL Pro-Choice America’s mission is to protect and preserve the right to choose while promoting policies and programs that improve women’s health and make abortion less necessary. NARAL Pro-Choice America works to educate Americans and officeholders about reproductive rights and health issues and elect pro-choice candidates at all levels of government. The NARAL ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization’s preferred position.
Source: NARAL website 03n-NARAL on Dec 31, 2003

Chris Dodd To Leave Senate; Pro-Choice Dem Blumenthal to Announce Candidacy

According to the pro-abortion blog RH Reality Check:

Dodd’s departure clears the path for the Senate campaign of Connecticut’s State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, also a Pro-abortion Democrat.

Blumenthal has been a strong supporter of women’s reproductive rights at the state level. In 2006, for example, he helped pressure Walmart to stock emergency contraception (EC) by threatening to withdraw coverage by Connecticut’s insurance plans of Walmart prescriptions unless the corporation complied with medical and public health practice in filling prescriptions for EC.

In January 2009, he led a multistate lawsuit against the Bush administration to block an impending federal rule that “gravely jeopardized women’s access to vital medical services, including birth control.” Dubbed the “midnight regulations” and slated to take effect on the day of President Obama’s inauguration, Blumenthal argued that the rule undercut Connecticut’s contraception laws and jeopardized billions of dollars in federal public health money. Blumenthal’s lawsuit — joined by six other states — alleges that this Provider Conscience Rule violates federal law, women’s rights and states’ sovereign rights to enforce their own laws.