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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

U.S. Senate Defeats Amendment to Prevent Government Health Care Support for Abortion Coverage

The United States Senate today defeated an amendment to the Democrats' Senate Health Care bill, sponsored by Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson, and GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch, which would have prevented any insurance plan getting taxpayer dollars from offering coverage for abortion. The vote was 54-45:

The Senate on Tuesday rejected an effort by abortion opponents to tighten restrictions in the health care overhaul bill on taxpayer dollars for the procedure, but it was unlikely to be the last word on the divisive issue.

By a vote of 54-45, the Senate sidetracked an amendment by Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah that would ban any insurance plan getting taxpayer dollars from offering abortion coverage. The restrictions mirrored provisions in the House-passed health care bill.

Nelson said after the vote that the failure of the measure "makes it harder to be supportive" of the pending version of the health insurance reform legislation. He has previously vowed to block final passage of the health overhaul bill if the anti-abortion language was not included. . . . MORE

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