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LeMieux blasts Mack on missing sex-selection abortion vote
Posted Jun 4, 2012 by William March
Updated Jun 4, 2012 at 04:42 PM
George Lemieux is bashing his opponent in the GOP Senate primary, Rep. Connie Mack, for missing the vote on the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act, which aimed to ban abortions performed for sex selection.
“Mack’s refusal to cast a vote, coupled with his votes to destroy human embryos, provides further evidence that Mack cannot be considered a pro-life candidate,” LeMieux said in a news release, referring to Mack’s position in favor of stem cell research.
Mack did not vote on the bill, H.R. 3541, when it came up on the House floor Thursday, according to the Thomas web site.
The bill failed on a vote of 246 in favor and 168 against because it had been brought up under a suspension of House rules requiring a two-thirds majority.
Missed votes have become an issue for Mack after he missed many during the January presidential primary campaign, when he spent much of the month in Florida campaigning for Mitt Romney. He missed 43 percent of House votes during the first three months of the year.
Backers say the bill, known as the Pre-Natal Non-Discrimination Act, is intended to prevent women from having abortions solely for sex-selection purposes. Opponents say it would be virtually impossible to enforce because it would require proving the intentions and thoughts of the woman having an abortion, and is aimed at preventing all abortions by putting doctors under legal obligation to report women they suspect of having sex-selection abortions.
Mack’s wife, Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Ca., voted against the bill.
FSP is seeking a response from the Mack campaign, and will update when it comes.
Response from David James of the Mack campaign: “George’s statement is false as Connie has a 100% rating from the National Right to Life.
“Connie Mack would have supported the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act but was campaigning for the needed change in the U.S. Senate in Miami, Aventura, Ft. Myers, Winter Park, Indian River, Ponte Vedra and Orlando, where he spoke to packed houses about defeating liberal Senator Bill Nelson in order that legislation like the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Ac actually has a chance at becoming law.”