September 30th, 2009
04:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Senate panel rejects GOP bid to strengthen abortion provision

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Members of the Senate Finance Committee shot down Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch's amendment."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican amendments that Democrats said would broaden current restrictions on federal funding for abortion were defeated Wednesday by a Senate committee considering the only compromise health care bill so far.

By identical 13-10 votes, the Senate Finance Committee defeated the amendments by Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. In both votes, all but one Democrat on the panel - Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota - voted against the amendments, while all Republicans except for Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine - the lone women among the GOP committee members - supported them.

In a statement issued after the votes, Hatch said he was disappointed but would continue pushing the issue when the bill comes to the full Senate.

"Although these two very important amendments fell short today, you can rest assured that I will continue to fight for these vital issues," Hatch said.

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  1. Clive

    It seems that Republicans only care about the unborn. Once you're actually a citizen they'll send you off as cannon fodder in their needless and pointless wars, refuse you health care etc etc. They really are awful people.

    September 30, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. JonDie

    Senate panel rejects GOP bid to strengthen ANTI-abortion provision

    a typical sophomoric mistake by CNN

    September 30, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. Ken in NC

    WOW. The Republicans are learning what it sounds like to be told "NO". Way Ta Go Dems.

    September 30, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Democrats do not "love to kill babies." There are more registered Democrats in this country than Republicans, so our birth rate must be higher than the Republicans. (By twisted logic, I guess Republicans love to kill babies ...)

    Anywya, the right to an abortion is guaranteed by Roe V. Wade. It being the law of the land does not force anyone to have an abortion; it just makes it safe and legal for those woman who choose it.

    The ones who want to control our very bodies – along with our religious faith – are the current leadership of the GOP. They are the folks to be worried about.

    September 30, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. Voter

    Keep pushing this issue so the Supreme Court can finally rule that failure to allow equal access to a legal medical procedure is a violation of the equal protection clause. Maybe that will shut these holier-than-thou jerks up.

    Smoking and drinking are legal. That doesn't mean anyone has to or even necessarily wants to smoke or drink. Get the abortion debate out of politics. If you don't approve of it, don't do it.

    I don't approve of it myself, so I wouldn't do it. Simple.

    What would these guys talk about if they didn't have abortion to rave on about every election? Maybe something important?

    September 30, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  6. terry, va

    This is another thing Obama said wouldn't be covered. He lied on this and the illegal aliens being covered. IF YOU WANT TO GET THIS PUT BEHIND YOU OBAMA, HAVE IT STATED CLEARLY THAT THESE ITEMS AREN'T COVERED. The dem's or Obama won't because they want to sneak this by us!!! They are liars. Prove me wrong by clearly stating IN WRITING these two things aren't covered in the bill.

    September 30, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  7. conniesz

    No one should be forced to pay for someone else's erection. Same logic as the anti-abortion folks.

    I think we should just remove reproductive coverage from the health care debate entirely – that would satisfy no one, but would definitely save money. A whole lot more money is spent providing viagra for men than in providing abortions for women.

    I personally do not believe men should have anything at all to say about a woman's decision on her own body. However, if they insist on limiting what a woman can choose, we need to limit their access to viagra and other ED drugs.

    September 30, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. I Can See Argentina from my Front Porch

    Victims of incest and sexual violence should NOT have to carry the fetuses of criminals.
    Protect women's rights!!

    September 30, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  9. Jon Krieger

    Will cnn please give us all the names of the democrats who voted for BABY KILLING?Because let's call "abortion" what it is "BABY KILLING!"

    September 30, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  10. ran

    Maybe if I say it enough times people will demand it from their elected officials. SINGLE PAYER NON-PROFIT UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE NOW.

    I thought the GOP did not want the government to come between the patent and their doctor. Abortion is a medical decision.

    September 30, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  11. Andi

    You mean, we didn't give the GOP their way for once! Hoooorrraayyyy! Good grief. I'm sick of the Dems giving in to them. Makes me mad – but I'm a Dem, and in the Democrat world, you can get mad at something and not be filled with hate.

    September 30, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  12. Sian Rose

    What funding? The cash assistance that it given to lazy young people, young enough to breed but too lazy to do anything else. There is no funding for abortion, except in extreme circumstances, under any insurance plan, that I am aware of. Government may fund coverage through Medicare, Medicaid,and other programs but they are all managed by private companies.

    September 30, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. Kent in CA

    I think it's time to put this bill to a floor vote, WITH THE PUBLIC OPTION!
    They do not need 60 votes. They need 51, or 50 plus VP Biden.
    Let the Republicans filibuster. Let them shut down the US Senate to withhold a provision that the vast majority of people favor.
    Then the people will decide their fate 14 months from now...
    Floor vote now!

    September 30, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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