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Lou LG: infant rights bill "diminishes medical profession"

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Just as The Esperanza Project expressed its support of the Infant Child's Right to Life Act, several others testified against the measure during Thursday's public hearing. Attorney Anita Arriola says Bill 195 is unnecessary as Guam and federal law already protect born alive infants whereas former senator, nurse and Bank of Guam president Lou Leon Guerreo says the bill diminishes the medical profession.

Arriola said, "Whenever you have more than one that applies and particularly a criminal law that applies to my clients, abortion providers and OB/GYNs, there's always going to be a concern that there's going to be conflict in the remedies, in the ways it's enforced and particularly in the definitions."

Leon Guerrero added, "By way of this bill you have taken away the discretion, the responsibility, and judgment of that medical professional who is on the ground, experiencing the circumstance and is more equipped to the make the decision."

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