Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Amendment Prohibiting Public Funding of Abortion Fails In Senate
The amendment to the Reid health care bill which would prohibit public funding of abortion failed today 54-45. The amendment was introduced by Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). You may remember that the House passed the Stupak-Pitts Amendment - calling for a prohibition of abortion funding a few weeks ago. This means that these bills will have very different language regarding public funding of abortion if the Senate bill does pass. So where does this take us next? Despite the amendment failing there is good news though, we will have one more chance to fight this when and if the Senate bill passes and both the House and Senate bills will go to the Joint Conference Committee where we will have one more chance to prevent federal funding of abortions. So keep fighting!