The Senate on Tuesday night rejected an amendment that would have sharply curtailed insurance coverage for abortion, as efforts to finalise a healthcare reform bill turns into a numbers game.
With a 54-45 margin, the Senate voted down a proposal by Ben Nelson, a moderate Democrat from Nebraska, and Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah, banning any insurer that offered abortion coverage from receiving any federal subsidies.Abortion funding is one of the most divisive issues in American politics and one that has inflamed the debate as the Democratic-led Congress seeks to push through healthcare reforms championed by US president Barack Obama.
The current bill before the Senate, drafted by Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the upper chamber, says insurers can provide coverage for abortions but says no public money can be used to fund the procedure.
“Current law already forbids federal funds from paying for abortions, and our bill doesn’t weaken that rule one bit,” Mr Reid said on the Senate floor on Tuesday, reminding his colleagues that the issue of abortion should not stand in the way of a broader healthcare bill aimed at improving access for all.
Mr Nelson and Mr Hatch wanted stronger restrictions, similar to those already passed in the House of Representatives bill, and were backed by the Roman Catholic church.
Americans United for Life Action, an anti-abortion lobby group, said that senators had “effectively endorsed the abortion lobby’s goal of mainstreaming abortion as healthcare”.
Women’s rights activists had complained that the amendment, a similar version of which was already passed in the House of Representatives bill, amounted to a de facto ban on abortion.
Right--because refusing to force taxpayers to pay for abortions is the same thing as banning abortion. Sure.
Here's what I want to know: how many United States Senators receive campaign contributions from pro-abortion lobby groups? How many take donations from Planned Parenthood's PAC, from NARAL, from other groups whose sole purpose of existence is to protect the big business of killing babies and make sure that it continues to be extremely profitable to work in the human extermination industry?
How many of these Senators were bought and paid for with blood money?
Americans deserve to know that, before any further action on health care is taken by people who might be in the back pocket of an industry we find abhorrent, immoral, and voraciously, rapaciously evil.