December 16th, 2009
05:16 PM ET
3 months ago

Nelson reviewing new abortion language

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ben Nelson tells CNN he has received a compromise proposal on abortion restrictions that look "better than what's in the bill," but that he has to review it, and send it back to anti-abortion interest groups in his home state of Nebraska.

The compromise proposal was devised by Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn, another anti-abortion Democrat who has been trying to help Democratic leaders and Nelson negotiate a compromise to win his support for health care.

A Democratic leadership aide would say only that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nelson and others have been "going back and forth" with ideas on how to find common ground on this vexing issue for several days.

Nelson - whose vote is likely crucial to pass the Democratic health care reform bill - has said he believes the abortion restrictions in the Senate bill are too weak, and has threatened to vote against the plan if it isn't changed. His amendment to adopt the strict prohibitions passed by the House was defeated.


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  1. Anonymous

    I wonder if Senator Nelson will have in the health reform bill that No Man will be allowed to have his insurance to pay for Viagar(sp). Bet he would change his little game.

    December 16, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. Savoy in NY

    Are abortions really that expensive? I don't know. Just take it out of there. I need my free healthcare now!!!

    December 16, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. Reagan was wrong

    Yep, health care for millions of Americans hinges on the whims of Ben Nelson and Joe Lieberman.

    December 16, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. Hammerer

    The compromise looks much better now that Nelson has to choose between voting for healthcare and keeping the Air Force base in Neb. open or vote against healthcare and Obama close the Air Force base. Just a little threat from Obama.
    And that is the way politics works in Ill. Do as you are told or pay.

    December 16, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  5. gofigure

    What happening in Congress is downright disgraceful! It truly scares me to witness the antics of those who are regarded as intellects. The bipartisan is outrageous. The Repubs are... well a joke and lets face it nothing more than elected lobbyists chasing the wrong causes and lining their hipocrical pockets with $$$l The Dems, although truly humanitarians need to get some backbone and stand up to the Repub bullies. To the politicians... Boys and girls this is not the school yard. Recess is over! And... people, don't believe the polls. Where do they come from anyway? Don't let people tell you how to think. Don't be gullible. You have so much to loose here. Beware of the bullies in the 10K suits. Trust Obama. Clear your mind! Think... Think.. think..

    December 16, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  6. K.T.

    There is a section in the bill for an excise tax on elective cosmetic surgery. Include an excise tax for elective abortions.

    December 16, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. Barbara Indpendent in NY

    They can change the abortion language to read that "not one cent will ever be spent on abortion again" and Nelson will not support health care reform. He is owned by the insurance cartel. The bill shouldn't pass anyway because the it has been stripped of everything that would benefit the American people. The two-faced behavior that our politicians have displayed during this entire farce is nothing short of DISGUSTING.

    December 16, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. Jay

    With Dems like these (Lieberman, Nelson & co) who needs Republicans... Trying to turn health care, saving lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year, into a zealous Abortion fight is just shameful.

    December 16, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. annie against biased news

    Let the GOP read it out loud! None of my tax dollars for murdering babies.

    December 16, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. Linda

    "Anti-Abortion Democrat"?? These people make me sick! Get your heads out of your hymnals and your misogynist laws off women's bodies once and for all! This is a SECULAR society, whether Anti-Women politicians like it or not. Abortion is a LEGAL RIGHT in this country whether they like it or not. Get over yourselves and move on!

    December 16, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. m smith

    someone should abort all the right wing repo nut jobs. See they make a good case why abortion should remain legal in this country. For the guy who wants the Dems to read the bill. Most of us are smart enough so it wouldn't take 24 hours to read it. Maybe they are using the time to draw pictures so palin and some of the representitives can understand it.

    December 16, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. Jimmy

    I love how people are called anti-abortion on CNN. Do they call the people that are for abortion, anti-life?

    Look, I am pro-life, but realize that abortion is legal. That does not mean that taxpayers should fund abortions just because a mistake was made. I am for funding birth control methods like condoms and birth control pills, but not abortion for sake of birth control only. Now if an abortion is needed because of rape or incest, then I understand. But I do not want my money to pay for an abortion just because a woman accidentally got pregnant and feels that a baby would not be for the best at the moment. That's called irresponsibility on both the man and woman's part.

    I bet all you people that are for abortions are glad you weren't aborted so that you can now be pro-abortion. Glad you had the chance to live.

    December 16, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  13. tcaudilllg

    What are you waiting for? Reconcile it already.

    December 16, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. CNN afraid of a liberal post

    I think these senators showing their prissy butt prancing around are gonna get a big big surprise in the PRIMARIES and they won't be running again. The public is sick and darn tired of their taitics...

    December 16, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. Tony in Maine

    THe government has had 100 years to "think about" universal health insurance. TR first brought it up. Every twenty years or so since TR it comes up, the health insurance industry goes totally nuts, spreads alot of dreck around and proves once again that if you tell a lie often enough, people will think it's truth.

    Just read the moronic comments posted here by otherwise intelligent people.

    December 16, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  16. Tony

    STOP THE MADNESS......

    Since when is passing a sub-standard bill better than nothing. Obama just wants to pass something so that he can say he did something this year with the "Do Nothing" Democrat majority Congress. Good Job guys!!! What a waste of "HOPE"!

    If we did this in our jobs, assuming we have jobs! (Oh yeah, wait a minute, isn't unemployment around 10%...Hmmmm!), would we get FIRED? It's time to FIRE THEM ALL!!!! NO INCUMBENTS!!!!!

    Let's start a positive revolution. NO MORE CAREER POLITICIANS. What would the lobbyists and the special-interest do then? Oh wait a minute...join the unemployed.

    GIVE GOVERNMENT BACK TO THE PEOPLE THE WAY THE FOUNDING FATHERS ENVISIONED!!!!!!!

    YOU ARE ON NOTICE: RESIGN OR BE FIRED IN NOVEMBER 2010!!!!

    December 16, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  17. MClark

    Have a look at an abortion at 12 to 15 weeks on a 3D ultrasound then get back to me with your inane talking points . Abortions in the U.S. are legal up to 28 weeks and performed in some states up to 40 weeks.
    I am female and believe abortion should be legal up to about 12 weeks and severely restricted after. Except in the case of rape and incest, women and men make the decision to have unprotected sex even though they know it can lead to pregnancy. This is not the fault of the child created. You can dance around the issue forever but abortion after a certain point should not be funded with tax dollars and it is plainly (again, check out that ultrasound) the torture and death of a tiny helpless human.
    Can we start working on preventing unwanted pregnancies instead of expanding the funding of abortion? Can we start talking about being responsible for one's own actions?

    December 16, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  18. chris

    So he's ok with 99% of the bill but won't vote yes b/c of 1 issue? God help those that will still be unable to afford health insurance in the coming years (iiiifff Republicans gain majority, do people really think they'll even address healthcare? If they did, they still wouldn't have enough votes to pass it)

    December 16, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  19. Ed Matthew Nobles

    Well Well I am from Georgia andI am for voting all OUT!!
    They have been thee way too long. Get rid of em next term. out out out
    I mean . All of allouttt. out out
    I am a WW2 veteran and I relise that what I fought for that a bunch of sleezy poly tics have messed up this country.
    I fought in Europe for our freedoms and now Bastards in Washington are trying to flush down the drain our victory over imperialism.
    I have 30 voting relatives that will do likewise.
    I was an official in Washington DC in the 60s my office overlooked over the House. I watched the femalesdrive up to pick up their boy friend.
    Now its worser worser worser. You ge my message!!!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  20. obama is an idiot

    Abortion is murder! Or in liberal thinking its wrong to waterboard people who want to hurt our loved ones but its ok to kill babies! Keep on killing you worthless people you all are a waste of oxygen. Karma, think all you abortion supporters will find out what that's about in your afterlife! Good luck to all of you! Have a nice day!

    December 16, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
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