An anti-human trafficking bill is being held up due to language reiterating already existing law about abortion.
Democrats are upset about language they apparently didn’t notice until Wednesday, despite the text being available since late February.
Eleanor Gaetan, a supporter of the bill and legislative adviser at the Coalition Against Trafficking, dismissed Democrats’ complaints about the bill.
“Senate Democrats are choosing a phantom problem over real victims,” Gaetan told the Dallas Morning News. “At this point, it will be derailed.”
The word “abortion” doesn’t even appear in the bill’s text, as the Morning News noted. The bill states that increased funds to trafficking victim’s support services “shall be subject to the limitations on the use or expending of amounts described in sections 506 and 507 of division H of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 … to the same extent as if amounts in the Fund were funds appropriated under division H of such Act.”