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Senate Will Vote on Controvesial Abortion Language

December 1, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Strict abortion funding language similar to what Rep. Bart Stupak [D, MI-1] added to the House health care bill, which most agree goes beyond the restrictions that already exist under existing law, will get a vote in the Senate.

Conservative Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson [NE] will introduce an abortion funding amendment modeled after the Stupak language to the Senate bill this week, reports The Hill. Like the Stupak amendment, it is expected to bar anyone buying insurance through the new Exchange from purchasing a plan that covers elective abortions, even if they are buying insurance with their own money (without any federal assistance).

Because it will almost certainly be filibustered by the Democrats, the amendment will need a 3/5ths majority in the Senate, or 60 votes, to be approved. Most Democrats think the Senate is more pro-choice than the House and that the Stupak language does not have 60 Senate votes. It was approved in the House with less than 3/5ths support.

You can read the Stupak language in the House bill here.

Read the language as currently written into the Senate health care bill to restrict federal funds for abortions, which would be changed by the Nelson amendment, here.

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  • zbeckerd 12/02/2009 6:02am

    More political posturing/cover for the Senator from Nebraska. Another example of believing it is “more important to be a representative than to represent the best interests of the country”. Here is to hoping voters see through all this and start voting for integrity (who am I kidding). Or lets just go back a century to allowing senators to buy their seat from the State.

  • Starbuck 12/02/2009 8:30am
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    Where is the data backing up the following claim about the Stupak language : “which most agree goes beyond the restrictions that already exist under existing law”? This is the argument I hear coming from abortion supporters, but I have not seen any statistics indicating “most agree” with this statement. The Stupak wording does not change the status quo. No government funding for abortion. Period. That is the status quo. (

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