Heartbeat act makes it to voting file

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

Bill 291 – otherwise known as the ever controversial Guam Heartbeat Act was finally brought before the session floor.

Following months of discussion from both pro life and pro choice – lawmakers finally brought it before the body on whether or not to put the bill before the voting file.

Some of the Senators that spoke in favor for the bill were Senators, Telena Nelson – the author of the bill – as well as Telo Taitague and Chris Duenas – who shared their testimony on why the bill is just and constitutional.

In contrast, Senators Clint Rydgel and Marry Camacho Torres, voiced their distaste on the bill.

With Senator Torres saying that Bill 291 is “not wholly a pro-life bill. it appears to be merely a pro-lawsuit bill”

In a 9 to 5 split, the bill ultimately made it to the voting file – with Senators Telena Nelson, Tony Ada, Frank Blas Jr. Joanne Brown, Chris Duenas, Jim Moylan, Amanda Shelton, Telo Taitague and Jose Terlaje voting for it.

Meanwhile those in opposition are Senators Sabina Perez, Joe San Agustin, Clynt Ridgell, Marry Torres, and Speaker Therease Terlaje.

The story is ongoing.

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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.