Loading
Senate kills pro-life Nelson amendment preventing federal funding of abortion
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

.- The U.S. Senate voted this afternoon to table the Nelson-Hatch-Casey Amendment that would have prohibited the federal funding of abortions in the government's reformed health care system.

At around 5:30 p.m. EST, the Senate held a roll call vote on tabling the abortion amendment, which would maintain the 30-year-old Hyde Amendment ban on federal funds paying for abortions. With 51 votes needed to kill the amendment, the attempt succeeded 54 votes to 45.

“As written, the Senate Heath care bill allows taxpayer dollars, directly and indirectly to pay for insurance plans that cover abortion,” said Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) on his website Monday. Most Americans, he continued, “do not favor using public funds to cover abortion and as a result this bill shouldn't open the door to do so.”

Sen. Nelson, a pro-life Democrat, filed his amendment in the Senate on Monday, announcing, “The amendment we offer today mirrors the Stupak language added to the House Health care bill,” Nelson said. “For more than 30 years, taxpayers' money hasn't been used for abortions, a standard that has the broad support of American people.”

Nelson's amendment received the support of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, while opponents claimed that it would decrease access to abortion.

On Dec. 2, Jake Thompson, spokesman for Sen. Nelson told CNA that the amendment is “going to seek to accomplish the goal that the Stupak amendment does, to ensure that federal funding dollars cannot be used for abortion.”

Thompson also confirmed that Sen. Nelson will not vote for the Senate health care bill unless it has such an amendment. Fox News also reported that the senator has pledged to vote with Republicans to filibuster the legislation should it fail to include it.

Reacting to today's vote, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in a Tuesday evening teleconference that he is “very disappointed in the Senate's vote today; not even wanting even to vote up or down on this measure.”

Perkins also questioned the motivations of the House and Senate lawmakers. “I think it's become very evident through this process ... this is more about abortion and Planned Parenthood than it is about Americans and their physical well being,” the FRC president said.

In particular, Perkins singled out Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), stating, “For Senator Reid to potentially jeopardize health care in order to protect an expansion of abortion through taxpayer dollars is unconscionable. And for him to stand on the floor and say that he's about life when he's voting to accelerate the extermination of the unborn is beyond the pale.”

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser also criticized Sen. Reid, stating, “Tonight Senator Reid invoked Henry Clay, posing as a great compromiser even as he denied the consciences of the majority of Americans. Yet Clay himself would have never blanched at Nelson’s amendment, a commonsense proposal backed by 61% of America. You can’t find greater common ground than the decision to restrict government funding for abortion on-demand. With his actions tonight, Harry Reid has effectively tabled the common ground.”


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Sep
2

Liturgical Calendar

September 2, 2014

Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 4:31-37

Gospel
Date
09/02/14
09/01/14
08/31/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Cor 2:10B-16
Gospel:: Lk 4:31-37

Saint of the Day

Martyrs of September »

Saint
Date
08/31/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 4:31-37

Homily
Date
09/02/14
09/01/14
08/31/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: