We alluded to this earlier but here's the full story on an amendment about abortion being offered to the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. Adding nonsensical or unrelated amendments to bills in committee is pretty normal, but Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) might win the booby prize for most unrelated issue ever attached to a bill. After a bill to ban abortions in D.C. after 20 weeks was defeated on Tuesday night because it failed to garner enough support (a two-thirds majority), Senator Mike Lee decided to offer it up as an amendment to the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. The House voted in favor of the bill.
The legislation is based on the claim that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks’ in the womb. A spokesperson for the Senator referred media to a statement he made in February about the issue:
"Protecting unborn children from experiencing pain should not be controversial," Lee said in February. "Similar laws have already been passed in multiple states. With respect to the federal District, Congress not only has the responsibility to act immediately, but also the undisputed authority to do so."
While that may or may not be the case (depending on how you feel about abortion), the legislation should probably stand or fall on its own merits and not be attached to a bill about protecting critical infrastructure and monitoring the Internet.
Source: Washington Post