WASHINGTON — Sen. Howard M. Metzenbaum (D-Ohio) threatened today to filibuster any proposed new federal restrictions on abortions, putting several appropriations bills in danger.
"I've had it," Metzenbaum told the Senate. "No more amendments that go beyond the present law on abortion."
Metzenbaum said he was prepared to "spend a long time . . . to filibuster" to prevent Senate passage of new abortion restrictions.
Noting all the problems facing Congress, Metzenbaum said it seemed that "all we have time for is to debate abortion. If that's what you want, fine with me. No more abortion language."
"The line in the sand has been drawn," he said.
The Ohio senator interrupted debate on the $11.9-billion appropriations bill for the State, Justice and Commerce departments to voice his threat against anti-abortion amendments.