Paulette Andrepont The family and friends of Paulette Andrepont are mourning the loss of their loved one who passed away during the evening hours on June 17, 2013, at the age of 56. Funeral services honoring Paulette’s life will be held at Matthews and Son Funeral Home in Jennings on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. Paulette will be laid to eternal rest in Reed Cemetery. Rev. Garland Reed will officiate. A gathering of Paulette’s family and friends will be held at Matthews and Son Funeral Home in Jennings today, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, from 1-10 p.m. Visitation will resume on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 8 a.m. until the time of her funeral services at 2 p.m. Paulette was born in Crowley to the late Fernen Andrepont and the late Joan Hebert Andrepont on July 31, 1956. She was a surgical technician. Paulette enjoyed her job and loved helping others. She also enjoyed cleaning and making everything smell wonderful. Paulette is survived by one son, Fernen Shane (Melissa) Andrepont of Evangeline; two brothers, Roderick (Pamela) Andrepont of Evangeline, and Randy (Felicia) Andrepont of Tepatate; her twin sister, Pauline (Raven) Gotte of Evangeline; and her beloved granddaughter, Brooke Andrepont. To extend online condolences, please visit www.matthewsandsonfuneralhome.net.
The Republican-led House on Tuesday sought to shore up their support from conservatives with a vote on one of the most far-reaching anti-abortion bills in years.
According to a report from The Associated Press, the measure to restrict abortions to the first 20 weeks after conception will be ignored by the Democratic-controlled Senate but not necessarily by voters in next year’s GOP primaries. The legislation, heading for near-certain passage in the House, contravenes the 1973 Roe versus Wade decision that legalized abortions and invites court challenges that could eventually force the Supreme Court to reconsider that decision.
The “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” will die in the Senate and even, if it reached the White House, would be vetoed. The White House, in its veto threat statement, said the measure was “an assault on a woman’s right to choose” and “a direct challenge to Roe versus Wade.”
But anti-abortion proponents and social conservatives in the Republican Party, who have seen their issue overshadowed by economic concerns since Republicans recaptured the House in 2010, were energized.
Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, called it “the most important pro-life bill to be considered by the U.S. Congress in the last 10 years.”
Democrats, on the other hand, predicted that the move would backfire on Republican efforts to improve their standing among women.
“The bill is so egregious to women, said Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., that women are reminded that “the last possible thing they ever want to do is leave their health policy to these men in blue suits and red ties.”
Democrats repeatedly pointed out that the Judiciary Committee that approved the measure last week on a party-line vote is made up of 23 Republican men and not one woman.
Most states allow abortions up to the point when the fetus becomes viable, generally considered to be about 24 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation would ban abortions that take place 20 weeks after conception, which is equivalent to 22 weeks of pregnancy.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, a New York-based reproductive health research organization that supports abortion rights, in 2009 1.3 percent of the 1.2 million abortions in the country, about 15,600, occurred 20 weeks after the fetus was conceived.
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