Bill 291 passes

Senators and members of the public gathered at the Guam Congress Building to discuss Bill 291-36. (Photo by Althea Engman)

Earlier today lawmakers passed the controversial Heartbeat Act – which denies a woman an abortion once a heartbeat is detected.

The bill passed in an 8 to 7 split as Senator Pedo Terlaje chose to not vote on the bill.

Those who voted in favor of the Heartbeat Act are as follows:

Republicans Tony Ada, Frank Blas Jr., Chris Duenas, Jim Moylan, Joanne Brown, and Telo Taitague.

Democrats Telena Nelson, who is the sponsor of the bill, and Amanda Shelton.

As for those who voted against the bill, they are as follows:

Republican Senator Mary Camacho Torres, and Democratic Senators, Speaker Therese Terlaje, Vice Speaker Tina Muna Barnes, Clint Ridgell, Sabina Perez, and Joe San Agustin.

The bill will make its way to Governor Lou Leon Guerrero for signing, however, the Governor has gone on record saying that she will veto the bill should it hit her desk.

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News Director for the Pacific News Center, Don was born and raised on the island of Saipan and moved to Guam in the Spring of 2016 to pursue higher education at the University of Guam. It was at UOG that Don discovered his passion for keeping his peers politically informed. In his free time, you can find him flying his drone or doing landscape and portrait photography. Don joined the PNC News Team to broaden his writing, and to challenge himself to get in front of the camera. Don’s ultimate goal and passion is to have a well informed and politically engaged Marianas.