Senate Panel Takes Up Abortion Bill

Senate Panel Takes Up Abortion Bill
(Undated) -- The Senate is taking up a bill that's stirring up people on both sides of the abortion debate. The Senate Judiciary Committee opens a hearing this morning on the measure that would give the federal government authority to override any state laws that place what supporters deem unreasonable limits on abortion services. Abortion rights supporters say the measure is needed because, in their view, a number of state laws are putting abortions out of reach for many women.
Abortion opponents say the bill would impose what they call an extreme doctrine that elective abortion should not be limited at any stage of pregnancy. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. Eastern time.