November 7th, 2009
10:57 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama visits Capitol Hill as abortion issue looms

Washington (CNN) - President Obama will meet with members of the House Democratic caucus Saturday in a rare visit to Capitol Hill as he works to push forward proposed health care legislation.

But the contentious issue of abortion is threatening to delay Saturday's scheduled vote on the nearly $1.1 trillion health care bill by the full House of Representatives and possibly push it back to Sunday, according to two Democratic sources.

In a late night development, anti-abortion Democrats scored a major victory by persuading Democratic leaders to allow them to offer an amendment during the House health care debate Saturday that would ban most abortion coverage from the public option and other insurance providers in the new so-called "exchange" the legislation would create, three Democratic sources told CNN.

The prohibition would exclude cases of rape, incest or if the mother's life is in danger.

House Democratic leadership sources said that win or lose, they hope giving abortion foes the opportunity to vote will clear the way for passage of their health care bill.

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  1. Obama/Biden = One and Done, please God....

    Didn't Obama tell us there would be no federal funding for abortion in this bill? Just like he told us the bill would contain no funding for health care for illegal aliens?

    All those hypocrits so quick to complain about Joe Wilson, where are you now???

    November 7, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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