Thursday, February 24, 2011

Following South Dakota and Iowa, 'Justifiable Homicide' abortion bill, LB232, introduced in Nebraska's unicameral by Mark Christensen

Following similar legislation introduced in South Dakota and Iowa, a 'justifiable homicide' anti-abortion law has been introduced in Nebraska. Mother Jones reports:
The legislation, LB 232, was introduced by state Sen. Mark Christensen, a devout Christian and die-hard abortion foe who is opposed to the prodedure even in the case of rape. Unlike its South Dakota counterpart, which would have allowed only a pregnant woman, her husband, her parents, or her children to commit “justifiable homicide” in defense of her fetus, the Nebraska bill would apply to any third party.
     ..."In short, this bill authorizes and protects vigilantes, and that's something that's unprecedented in our society," Melissa Grant of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland told the Nebraska legislature's judiciary committee on Wednesday. Specifically, she warned, it could be used to target Planned Parenthood's patients and personnel. Also testifying in oppostion to the bill was David Baker, the deputy chief executive officer of the Omaha police department, who said, "We share the same fears...that this could be used to incite violence against abortion providers."
     ...Not everyone is sure that the law's potential use in a case of abortion-related murder was unintentional. "If they wanted it narrow, they should have drafted it that way, and they did not," Alan Peterson, a lobbyist with the ACLU of Nebraska who testified at the hearing, told Mother Jones. "So I have reasonable suspicion that the intent was at least to create a possible broad defense for attacks on abortion providers."
     "I don't know how anyone knows my intent," Christensen fired back in an interview with Mother Jones.

Nebraska State Senate District 44
Assumed office: 2007
Current term ends: 2010

Sen. Mark Christensen
District 44
Room 1000
P.O. Box 94604
State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2805

1 comment:

  1. Any one who thinks it's ok to murder anyone is crazy. Mark Christensen is a Christo-Fascist Reich wing Rethuglican that should be on the hit list for Navy Seal Team #6.