09/29/2006 12:39 pm ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Frist Buckles to Pressure from the Far Right

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is getting desperate and, as the saying goes, desperate times call for desperate measures. Perhaps that is why he is throwing out the rulebook and bypassing the Senate's routine process to push a vote on the so-called "Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act" (CIANA).

Frist's push for this divisive and controversial anti-choice bill, passed by the House on Tuesday but never considered before in the Senate, would virtually eliminate young women's right to choose through a confusing patchwork of rules and regulations with no exceptions to protect women's health.

Why are they doing this now? The answer is obvious: The elections are coming...and the right-wing base is demanding that they deliver!

With November 7th just 40 days away, and a Congress that has refused to focus on Americans' priorities, anti-choice legislators need to ensure that their far-right base will turn out on Election Day.

Anti-choice leaders, like Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, have issued a demand to Frist, saying, "This is the only pro-life legislation considered by Congress this session, and the Senate must get it done." Predictably, Frist buckled under the pressure, and has moved to shove this bill through the Senate--without a hearing or any opportunity for the thoughtful debate that Americans expect and deserve.

This means we have just 24 hours to send a final wave of phone calls into the Senate showing our opposition to CIANA. I urge you to take a moment to call your senators right now at 202-224-3121.

When making your call, please say: "As your constituent, I urge you to vote against any attempts to bring up the 'Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.' The bill does nothing to protect young women, and it would criminalize grandmothers, aunts, and even members of clergy who are trying to keep teens safe."

Anti-choice members of Congress are once again demonstrating to what lengths they will go to make their extreme right-wing base happy--even if it means jeopardizing young women's safety. The best way to deal with these divisive political games is to elect more pro-choice members to the House and Senate. Otherwise, Congress will continue to push politically charged and dangerous bills instead of focusing on Americans' priorities.

For more facts on the so-called "Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act," please click here.