September 30th, 2009
04:45 PM ET
11 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. phoenix86

    Democrats don't want a death panel on abortion, they want it mass-marketed and subsidized.

    The elderly are next in their sights.

    Then comes undesirables (i.e. those who oppose the dems on anything).

    Seems like we have Neville Chamberlains foreign policy and Adolfs' domestic policy all wrapped up in Mr. Obama.

    September 30, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. joel palmer

    Hatch and republicans favore big brother goverment interposed between women and their doctors. How 19th Century. They know better than a woman and her physician what is best. How quaint.

    How evil

    Why does anyone ever vote for these clowns

    September 30, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom

    The GOP claim to be pro-life, but they are not. They are hypocrites.

    45,000 Americans die every year, from lack of healthcare. And the GOP could care less!

    The GOP is more concerned about their donations from Big Pharma & the Insurance cartel!

    September 30, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Since abortion proponents claim that abortion is a woman's right to choose, then having your tax dollars not pay for abortion is also a right to choose. No one should be forced to pay for someone else's abortion.

    September 30, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Mike

    I am glad to see someone standing up for the unborn

    September 30, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Obama Victim

    well the Dems are consistent...they do so love to kill babies

    September 30, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. victim of republican greed

    Remember when the republicans forced our government to get involved in the Terry Schaivo case? The congressional republicans now want to control women's ovaries. So much for less government with the GOP.

    September 30, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. victim of republican greed

    Neville and Adolf?

    We are so fortunate that we are no longer being led by Yosemite (Sam) Cheney and Porky (Pig) Bush.

    September 30, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Lisa P

    Hey, Senator Hatch, how about fighting for the 44,000 people who are already here who will die this year thanks to a lack of health insurance?

    Oh, whoops forgot - you don't love people, you only love fetuses. And telling women what to do, of course, and threatening them with your pie-in-the-sky God if they don't.

    September 30, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Lesley

    Finally, the Dems learned to say no. I hope they keep it up before we have a bill so watered down it really will be meaningless. Why don't they take advantage of their majorities in congress instead of kowtowing to the Repubs, who had no trouble pushing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy down our throats by reconciliation. Democrats make ineffective politicians, falling over themselves trying to be conciliatory. Develop spines and do the right thing by the people who voted you into office!!

    September 30, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Matt

    Just another death panel....

    September 30, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. stan

    This committee also just approved illegal immigrants getting some form of health-care also,but the gop dont want the fight,the gop hope their supporters dont get outraged because the gop knows it wont help them and the latino cummunity,why are the democrats sitting on this,the gop is scared to death of talking about immigration and any form.the gop wants the democrats to think they want this fight but in reality they dont,the gop is horrified of talking about illegal immigration why cant the democrats see this,are the democrats blind,the democrats can get a healthcare bill passed with a public option if they start talking about including illegal immgrants because the republicans will back off bigtime,because the gop do not want to alienate the latino cummunity can the democrats see this.

    September 30, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. yeah, that'll happen

    majority in both houses (filibuster proof), Dem in the white house

    which bone head GOPer suggested this?

    September 30, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. SLM

    Pay for your own abortion. How is the government responsible for peoples lack of common sense to use birth control?

    September 30, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  15. Lila

    I'm so glad I have a government that wants to tell me whats best for me and my ovaries.

    Way to not intrude into peoples' lives.

    September 30, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  16. Lisa

    PS-Do any of you really think that women get abortions for fun?

    I've never been pregnant, but I can't imagine making that decision. But I can imagine the circumstances that would cause a woman to do so.

    September 30, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. m jeff

    Pro Life, who are you trying to fool, no insurance for the poor, and flood the world with assault weapons.

    September 30, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    A. Abortion is legal and Constitutional.

    B. You'll be seeing plenty of equal protection / disparate treatment cases arise if they muck this up and create limitations on "public option" or federally funded abortions that are too stringent. MIght even see a clever 2nd amendment case re: separation of church and state.

    C. Suck it up GOPers, neocons and fundies...if it's legal, there is nothing wrong with the gov't funding it with reasonable limitations.

    September 30, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. D. Tree

    Jut another Republican distraction – they will do anything to slow down this legislation. They are playing the WORST kind of politics: the longer we wait for insurance reform, the more people will go bankrupt and die.

    September 30, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. Bubble of Sanity

    Who's the party of "No?"

    September 30, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. Thomas5

    Can one of the leftist posters here plainly (and calmly) explain to me why I should be forced to pay for someone else's abortion?


    I would dearly love to hear your justification.

    September 30, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. Val from Seattle

    I guess I dont get it. He, they, whomever...fight so hard for the unborn that people have died for the cause- on both sides of the arguement-yet the same fire isnt there to fight for the living to have an equal chance to survive.

    I dont get it.

    September 30, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. ib

    The demo's care more about pouring a little water up someones nose than they do about killing an unborn child. HYPROCRITES

    September 30, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. Dan, TX

    Yes. We have the platform now to throw these senators out of the senate when they come up for re-election. We cannot keep evil people in our senate who want to destroy innocent lives.

    September 30, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  25. Catholics for Abortion

    So-called Catholics who voted for Obama and vote Democrat – take note.

    September 30, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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