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Pro-Life Amendments Fail in Senate Finance Committee


So much for the pro-life amendments passing in the Senate Finance Committee today. It didn't happen.

Sen. Orrin Hatch tried to pass two amendments related to the health care reform bill but to no avail.

Republican Olympia Snowe (or is she President Snowe?) sided with the Democrats and Democrat Kent Conrad sided with the Republicans. But the Dems have the numbers on the committee and there you have it.

Just asking: if The White House keeps insisting that no federal money will be used for abortions in any health care bill, why would Sen. Hatch and others feel the need to even introduce these amendments?

Just asking part 2: If The White House says pro-life groups are "bearing false witness" about their claims that health care bills will provide for abortions, then why doesn't the Obama administration have that "abortion myth" up on their web site page called "Health Insurance Reform Reality Check?" View that here.

Sen. Hatch amendments are listed below, as well as the vote breakdowns:

Hatch Amendment #C14 Description:

No funds authorized or appropriated under this Mark may be used to pay for any abortion or to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion, except in the case where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, or unless the pregnancy is the result of an act of  rape or incest.

Nothing in this amendment would preclude an insurance issuer from offering a separate, supplemental policy to cover additional abortions.  Such a supplemental policy would be funded solely by supplemental premiums paid for by individuals choosing to purchase the policy.

SENATE VOTE:

Republicans

CHUCK GRASSLEY - yes
ORRIN G. HATCH - yes
OLYMPIA J. SNOWE - no
JON KYL - yes
JIM BUNNING - yes
MIKE CRAPO - yes
PAT ROBERTS - yes
JOHN ENSIGN - yes
MIKE ENZI - yes
JOHN CORNYN - yes

Democrats

MAX BAUCUS - no
JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER - no
KENT CONRAD - yes
JEFF BINGAMAN - no
JOHN F. KERRY - no
BLANCHE L. LINCOLN - no
RON WYDEN - no
CHARLES E. SCHUMER - no
DEBBIE STABENOW - no
MARIA CANTWELL - no
BILL NELSON - no
ROBERT MENENDEZ - no
THOMAS CARPER - no

Not Agreed to (10-13)

Hatch Amendment #C13: Non-discrimination on abortion and respect for right of conscience

Description: Non-Discrimination on abortion and respect for rights of conscience

(a) NON DISCRIMINATION.-A Federal agency or program, and any State or local government that receives Federal financial assistance under this Act ( or and amendment made by this Act), may not-

1) subject any individual or institutional health care entity to discrimination, or

2) require any health plan created or regulated under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act), to subject any individual or institutional health care entity to discrimination, on the basis that the health care entity does not provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.

(b) DEFINITON.-In this section, the term "health care entity" includes an individual physician or other health care professional, a hospital, a provider-sponsored organization, a health maintenance organization, a health insurance plan, or any other kind of health care facility, organization, or plan.

(c) ADMINISTRATION.-The Office for Civil Right of the Department of Heath and Human Services is designated to receive complaints of discrimination based on this section, and coordinate the investigation of such complaints.

SENATE VOTE:

Republicans

CHUCK GRASSLEY - yes
ORRIN G. HATCH - yes
OLYMPIA J. SNOWE - no
JON KYL - yes
JIM BUNNING - yes
MIKE CRAPO - yes
PAT ROBERTS - yes
JOHN ENSIGN - yes
MIKE ENZI - yes
JOHN CORNYN - yes

Democrats

MAX BAUCUS - no
JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER - no
KENT CONRAD - yes
JEFF BINGAMAN - no
JOHN F. KERRY - no
BLANCHE L. LINCOLN - no
RON WYDEN - no
CHARLES E. SCHUMER - no
DEBBIE STABENOW - no
MARIA CANTWELL - no
BILL NELSON - no
ROBERT MENENDEZ - no
THOMAS CARPER - no

Not Agreed to (10-13)

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