December 8th, 2009
10:24 AM ET
10 months ago

Abortion once again roils health care debate

Washington (CNN) - The Senate prepared to vote Tuesday on an amendment to tighten restrictions on federal funding for abortion in the sweeping health care bill it is considering.

No matter the outcome of the vote, it will impact the chances of the health care bill eventually winning approval from Congress.

The amendment filed Monday by moderate Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah would mirror language from the health care bill passed by the House last month that prevents any health plan receiving federal subsidies from offering coverage for abortion.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Bugl3t

    As usual, the obstructionist GOP puts PARTY first, America and Americans last - taking yet another opportunity to put their "pro-life" anti-abortionist demands out there as blackmail:

    Our way or NO WAY.

    Too bad "pro-life" doesn't mean anti-war or anti-torture or anti-death by lack of healthcare...

    I can't wait until this party gasps its last dying breath. Too bad those tomatoes weren't aimed at the likes of John Bonehead Boehner.

    Pass the rotten tomatoes, please!

    December 8, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. A Southern Lady in Raleigh

    Good old Republicans!! You can always count on them to vote against anything that helps poorer people. They insist the girls carry their unwanted babies to term but offer absolutely no help after the child is born. Demanding that an underage, unwed girl have a baby brings intense problems to society in years to come. Here is your school drop out, gang memeber, thug, robber and killer. This child never had a chance from the start. The Republian Party should be very proud.

    December 8, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Kent in CA

    I am pro choice, but I still see abortion as an elective procedure. I do not think tax dollars should subsidize elective procedures. People should be able to buy private insurance that covers it, however, as long as their coverage is not subsidized with using public funds.
    There was one proposal floated that barred insurance companies from covering it at all. That sounds like governmental intrusiveness to me, so most Republicans and Libertarians should be opposed to such a proposal. The law should not restrict businesses from offering a legal service.
    If you think of it as an elective procedure, it's not a complicated debate.

    December 8, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. George Bush - Worst President Ever

    Here come the hypocrites again. The Supreme Court has ruled that abortion is legal, but they choose to ignore it. God forbid, however, if someone even mentions gun control. Then they scream about how the Supreme Court has ruled that the second ammendment is constitutonal. If abortion is legal, then funding for it should be part of the health bill. We shouldn't be held hostage by a bunch of people who want to impose their religion on us. This just shows, once again, how religous fanatics are dangerous, no matter what religion they follow.

    December 8, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. terry,va

    Why are we having this discussion? Obummie said he wouldn't sign a bill that has tax payers dollars paying for abortions. Either the Dems are stupid and didn't understand what he said or they knew he didn't mean what he said. Based on Obummie's record I say it is the latter. He's a LIAR!!!!

    December 8, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Ray Fisher

    Abortion has killed every attempt at repairing health care since RoeV.Wade. Get over it bible thumpers and let America Breathe!!!

    December 8, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Jamie

    Vote the amendment down, the amendment in the House was bamboozled past Pelosi. Come on Reid, help remedy this for American women and while it is legal – keep it safe affordable and accessible.

    December 8, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Four and The Door

    This whole argument is a perfect example of why the Federal Government needs to avoid becoming so involved with health care and leave it up to private industry. Notice how this argument is not about the quality of health care or how to improve costs. In the world of the Federal Government, these small issues are not as important.
    No, it is politically charged issues that rule the day in the Washington DC world.

    December 8, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Tom in Florida

    And what about all the unwanted children being born to poor teenage mothers who can't aford to raise a child on minimum wage or tip jobs.
    Is it better to raise a child in poverty and undesirable circumstanses that the public will have to pay for, or give the mother a chance to make a decision to seek a reliable medical professional to practice what she feels is right for her life?

    December 8, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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