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Eagle Forum Alert
March 7, 2005

On March 8 the Senate defeated the Schumer Amendment to the Bankruptcy bill by a vote of 46-53 (Roll Call Vote 28). Democrat Senators Robert Byrd (WV) and Ben Nelson (NE) joined Republicans to defeat the amendment. Republican Senators Olympia Snow and Susan Collins (ME), Lincoln Chafee (RI), and Arlen Specter (PA) all voted for the pro-abortion amendment. The bill is almost assured passage now that such a poison pill amendment has been defeated.

Tell Your Senator to vote NO on the Schumer Amendment

This week, the Senate will vote on an amendment to S. 256, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention Act, which would target peaceful pro-life activists who protest outside of an abortion clinic. Senator Chuck Schumer's amendment reverses current law by preventing peaceful pro-life protesters, penalized under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, from discharging their debts in bankruptcy.

Presently under the FACE Act, abortion clinics can bring civil lawsuits against pro-life protesters for physically obstructing access to the clinic even if the obstruction is completely non-violent (prayer, silently holding a sign, etc.). Those protesters are permitted under current law to declare bankruptcy as long as the underlying action is not willful and malicious. Protesters who commit violent actions are already prevented from declaring bankruptcy, but now Sen. Schumer is targeting peaceful pro-lifers. Such a reversal of current law is an affront to peaceful people exercising their freedom of speech.

Eagle Forum and other pro-life groups have fought the Schumer pro-abortion amendment for over five years. The Schumer Amendment has proven to be the poison pill for this needed reform, but the pro-abortion crowd will not give up on their attempts to shut down even peaceful opposition to their radical agenda.

Members voting for the pro-abortion Schumer amendment will be forcing peaceful pro-lifers penalized under FACE to spend a life-time paying so-called damages to abortion clinics.

Call your Senators and tell them to vote NO on the Schumer amendment! Let them know Eagle Forum will be scoring their vote!

Take Action

The Senate will likely vote on the Schumer Amendment later this week! Start calling now! Urge Senators to vote NO on the Schumer Amendment!

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