Senate Votes Down Key Anti-Abortion Amendments

[Yesterday], in a vote of 10-13 in the Senate Finance Committee, the Hatch Amendment #C14 was defeated.  The amendment would have explicitly prohibited federal funding and coverage of abortions.  The Committee also voted down an amendment by Senator Hatch that would have prevented discrimination against any individual or entity who refused to provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life recently met with the White House to discuss conscience protection and the lack of explicit language banning abortion funding and coverage in health care reform.

Dr. Yoest said that the defeat of these important amendments illustrate the gap between rhetoric and reality on the Hill over abortion in health care reform:

"President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid have all told the American people that abortion will not be in health care reform.  Nevertheless, the defeat of these amendments demonstrates the gap between rhetoric and reality. These rhetorical assurances are not adding up to action.  The pro-life community will continue a vigorous fight to keep abortion out of health care reform."

Here are the defeated pro-life amendments voted down in the Senate Finance Committee:

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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