Pro-life senators are optimistic that the Senate health care bill will fully limit federal funding of abortion, given Reid's new statement (apparently he's noticed the latest polls showing most Americans are pro-life).
-- From "Harry Reid Responds to Critics of Abortion Funding in Senate Health Care Bill by Saying He Opposes Abortion" by Karen Schuberg, CNSNews.com 12/3/09
In an interview with CNSNews.com on Nov. 1, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said, “. . . I believe Harry Reid would be on our [pro-life] side on this.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), author of the Senate health-care bill that permits taxpayer dollars to go to insurance plans which cover abortion, responded to letters protesting the abortion funding in the bill with a letter of his own saying that he opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or when there is a threat to the life of the mother.
Reid’s health-care reform bill, which he released Nov. 18, allows the public option to include abortion coverage, permits federal subsidies to go to private insurance plans that cover abortion, and even mandates that the secretary of health and human services make certain that at least one insurance plan available in the insurance exchange where people will buy insurance with federal subsidies covers abortion. The abortion language in Reid's bill mirrors the abortion language that was in the House health care bill before it was superceded by an amendment sponsored by Rep. Bart Stupak (D.-Mich.) that prohibits any tax dollars from going to health insurance plans that cover abortion.
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