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ABORTION LEGISLATION DEBATED ON CTN'S SERIES 'STATE OF THE STATE'

 TRENTON, N.J., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Assemblyman John Hartmann (R-15) and Assemblywoman Loretta Weinberg (D-37) discussed pending legislation focusing on abortion during this month's taping of CTN's "State of the State." They discussed the Parental Notification Bill, requiring parents to be notified if their daughters are seeking an abortion, and legislation which would require protesters outside abortion clinics to maintain a certain distance from patients, medical staff and from the facility itself.
 The Parental Notification Bill is currently stalled in committee, but Hartmann says it's a measure which makes sense.
 "Your child can not get an aspirin in the school unless they have permission from their parents," he said. "Quite frankly an abortion is a major operation and parents want to know if their 15 or 16-year-old is going through a major operation."
 Assemblywoman Weinberg, a pro-choice advocate, disagreed with Hartmann that abortion is major surgery.
 "Abortion in the first trimester is not considered major surgery," Weinberg stated. "This is a private decision between a woman and her medical provider and it is not the place for the state to intervene."
 In her fight to protect women's rights to choose, Assemblywoman Weinberg has introduced the "Bubble Bill" to protect patients entering health care facilities. "People will be close enough to be able to express their opinion but far enough away to allow access in and out of the clinic," Weinberg said.
 Assemblyman Hartmann feels that this bill violates the First Amendment.
 "This goes against peaceful demonstrators who want to exercise their First Amendment rights," Hartmann said.
 Host Gene Dillard was joined on the program by Kathy Barrett Carter of the Star Ledger.
 This edition of "State of the State" will air on CTN Wednesday, April 14 at 9 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 28 at 9 p.m. Check local listings for the CTN Channel.
 "State of the State" is a production of CTN. CTN is a service of the New Jersey Cable Operators.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Video and audio tapes of this program are available by contacting Laura Zdroik at the CTN office, 800-421-0443, provided that CTN and "State of the State" are given full credit/
 /CONTACT: Laura Zdroik or Holly Culver of CTN, 800-421-0443/


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