Will Abortion Funding Prevent ‘Reform’ Passage?

March 4, 2010

With talk of Democrats pushing through health-care “reform” legislation via the reconciliation procedure, perhaps one of the only forseeable steps preventing passage is the abortion funding issue. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) has been making the media rounds in the last day or so stating that he and several other Democrats could not foresee voting for the Senate version of the bill without stronger language prohibiting any government money for the funding of abortion services.

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI)

Versions of the now famous “Hyde Amendment” have governed the prohibition of most government abortion funding (only allowed under certain circumstances) for many years now, but Stupak and others fear that language in health-care reform could allow for funding in more cases. As I posted on last year, amendments adding stricter language to the Senate version of the bill were struck down. Stupak, however, was successful in adding an amendment to the House version of the bill restricting funding or subsidizing abortion services. However, the Senate version appears to be what lawmakers will attempt to approve (with some tweaks) in an effort to avoid further delay in passage.

Now it looks like the fate of health-care “reform” may be in the hands of pro-life lawmakers (especially Democrats). If this ends up being the key issue, will these lawmakers vote with their conscience or with their party leadership? Time will tell. Will this be enough to prevent passage? I’m, as always, cynical.