December 8th, 2009
05:37 PM ET
9 months ago

BREAKING: Abortion amendment defeated in the Senate

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

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Filed under: Abortion • Health care • Senate
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  1. Cheney and Armey are a couple of Dicks

    Well, there goes Ben Nelson, the single issue senator.

    December 8, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Steven Ertelt

    More proof that pro-choice reallymeans pro-abortion. Thanks for forcing us to pay for abortions.

    December 8, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Kate in SW Fla

    He just started with the Abortion Amendment threat after it looked like a compromise for the Public Option may be reached. Ben Nelson, Mutual of Omaha's personal representative in Washington.

    December 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    Well I'm glad they got that out of the way. Now can they put it to a vote and dump this poor excuse for health care reform bill? That would be real progress.

    December 8, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    That's ok...the next step for the fundy meatheads is to attempt legislation like they are proposing in Uganda regarding homosexuality.

    Let's just call this whole debate what it really is: "We want to prevent poor minorities from getting abortions under threat of losing their publicly subsidized health insurance because we want to be able to tell them that the simple solution is to just stop reproducing."

    December 8, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. File under "Sarcasm"

    There goes pro-life Ben Nelson's vote. What will Dirty Harry have to do to bribe him back? Senator Landrieu got $3 million for her vote to open the debate so I'll bet the going rate is now up to at least $5 million in pork.

    December 8, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. rusty lawson

    Women have a right to have and abortion if she want too.The right wingers who thank not need a brain transplant.

    December 8, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Tania

    Use birth control. Then you won't need an abortion. (in most cases)

    How many of you would not want to have an abortion after getting pregnant during rape? Men don't need to reply.

    December 8, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. Four and the Door........

    I'm so confused......I'm on the religious right which preaches compassion in Christian Churches. Yet.....I would vote to dump health care saving other's lives who had no insurance coverage. I'm in contradiction of my own values within politics. This is probably why Church and State matters should be separate......to prevent such contradiction as this..........

    December 8, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Gekonge

    If it was a democract who did such a horrible leadership error, Sarah would be screaming. Just like Sarah Huckabee was an incompetent governor whose saw his job as a springboard to the WH. If Sarah real feels for Huckabee, let the two go hunt moose. Four police officers are dead, killed by a manic who Huckabee released, that is the truth Sarah.

    December 8, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Matt

    So much for everyone is created equal and has a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happyness.

    December 8, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Bill Richardson

    Hey Steven – You're Welcome! But Pro-Choice really means Pro-CHOICE. It's just that meatheads like you think the only choice is YOUR choice.

    December 8, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. voter

    good. there is the hyde ammendent that prohibits federal funds for abortion. the nelson ammedment is uncessary. This is just a way for republicans and so call moderate democrats who are really republicans to vote aganist healthcare reform. These people call themselves pro-life while letting 47 million americans continue to be uninsured and die of diseases that are easily treatable if they have healthcare. hypocrits.

    December 8, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. WOW

    abortion is bad and I don't agree with it. However, those who tell the government to stay out of their personal business are the main ones calling for abortion to be illiegal (I realize this is more about covering abortions with government insurance but it's related). I don't believe the govt. should cover abortions but I also don't believe they have the right to say a woman can or cannot have one.

    December 8, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Nevada dude

    what a relief. Repunblicans tried to insert a third rail into the health care bill to gurantee its failure, however their attempts were thwarted by more rational minds. Let's fight for health care on its merits, not by leveraging existing passions on a separate issue. and yes, i deem abortion to be a separate issue since limits for it has been in place for thirty years under the Hyde amendment

    December 8, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Tina

    Good. Politicians should stop trying to take the right to an abortion away from women. We need more pro-choice politicians in Congress.

    December 8, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. moni

    my question once again.... why are men trying to shape abortion laws? did i miss the memo..do they carry babies for 9 months?

    December 8, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "How many of you would not want to have an abortion after getting pregnant during rape? Men don't need to reply."

    Unless we give the right answer, right? Cut the crap with that line of talk. Your rights are just as precious to me as my own, because once they start taking yours, mine might be next.

    December 8, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. OldUncleTom

    This will be a very stupid reason to lose Health Care Reform, if that is the result.

    Hardly anyone will be impacted by this amendment; only those pregnant women who want insurance to pay for an elective abortion, not related to rape, incest, or the mother's health.

    What do these procedures cost, anyway? For most, its an outpatient procedure, at least in the first trimester.

    December 8, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. Paul from Phoenix

    Um, when is there going to be a report about the CBO saying yesterday that up to 10 million people will lose their insurance with the new bill, and when offset by new plans, will net 5 million new people without insurance?

    Doesn't this seem like a little item that should be reported?

    December 8, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. Gekonge

    We do not want government controlling our medical decisions, except for abortion, in abortion, we invite the government to prevent all forms of abortion in all situations. This is crazy talk!. Let women have rights and choices, Sarah Palin and her clan can have more babies that is their choice.

    December 8, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. a moderate in NH

    Last I knew, abortion was a legal medical procedure. The whys and wherefores are for the woman and her doctor to determine. It's part of comprehensive healthcare for women. How hard is that to understand?

    December 8, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. Independent Lilarose, Bandon, Oregon

    Thank God.

    If abortion is LEGAL in the United States, then funding for it also should be legal.

    I am dang tired of MEN telling WOMEN what to do with their bodies, including pregnancy.

    Hey, guys, when you start RISKING YOUR LIFE to birth a baby, then you can say something relevant!

    Meanwhile, just shaddap!

    December 8, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. Tina

    Abortion is a legal legitimate medical procedure. Like every other medical procedure, abortion must be covered in any health plan. To not provvide abortion coverage is blatant discrimination against women. Men should have nothing to say about it. It's a woman's choice and a woman's right to have an abortion if she feel the need to have one. Absolutely nothing should stand in the way of a woman getting an abortion.

    December 8, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  25. Corey

    Awww, there goes the poor welfare bill! Guess you can try again next time.

    December 8, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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