Senate Rejects Tougher Abortion Restrictions

The Senate has rejected an effort to stiffen abortion restrictions in the health care bill.

The vote was 54 to 45.

Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah wanted to ban any insurance plan that gets taxpayer dollars from offering abortion coverage. The stronger restrictions mirrored provisions in the House-passed health care bill.

The Senate bill currently allows insurance plans to cover abortions but tries to separate private funds from federal money. It specifies that abortion coverage can only be paid for with private dollars.

Majority Leader Harry Reid said the legislation is about access to health care, not abortion.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 14, 2009 at 05:38 AM
    Woman Wanting Her Rights, you have the right to murder your unborn baby. You just don't have the right for me to pay for it.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2009 at 02:34 PM
    Didn't they say illegals wound't be on this thing as well as abortions or death panels. Of course noone actually read this so who knows whats in it?
  • by lm Location: nc on Dec 9, 2009 at 10:57 AM
    Woman Wanting Her Rights - Please explain to me how abortion can be a part of health care? What part of murdering an unborn child be healthly to a woman?
  • by bj Location: us on Dec 8, 2009 at 09:57 PM
    murder supported by HATCH
  • by Woman Wanting Her Rights Location: ECU on Dec 8, 2009 at 09:24 PM
    Go Senate!! Finally someone is realizing that taking away abortion is only contributing to the problem. Every one here screaming against abortion is usually the first complaining about people on welfare.
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