Guam – A group of anti-abortion protesters led by Dr. Vince Akimoto turned out at the legislature this morning to press their case for Bill #52, the informed consent on abortion bill.
Dr. Akimoto was under the impression that the Buildup Committee briefing this morning [Monday] was an open hearing at which he and others could express their views on the measure.
Senator Rory Respicio told K-57’s “Patti-on-the-Radio” program this morning that he invited the demonstrators in and invited them to make a statement but they declined.
Bill #52 would require that women with unwanted pregnancies be advised of the alternatives to abortions before they get one, including their right to offer the child for adoption and to seek financial assistance from the father of the child.
The Bill was originally introduced by Governor Calvo in early 2011. Amendments were made to the bill that supporters said changed the intent of it, so it was withdrawn from consideration in April 2011.
Senator Dennis Rodriguez told PNC News that his Health Committee has already approved the bill for consideration by the full legislature, but he has not yet reported the bill out because he is still waiting for a commitment of support from some other Senators.
He declined to name those Senators. He hopes to report it out of his Committee soon, but could not say when.