Abortion Dispute Could Derail Health Care Bill

Some Dems vow to block final passage
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2009 7:42 AM CST
President Obama speaks with Cardinal Sean O'Malley, archbishop of Boston, before Sen. Edward Kennedy's funeral on Aug., 29, 2009.   (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
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(Newser) – The abortion funding ban included in the health-care bill passed by the House Saturday could doom it down the road, as abortion supporters in the Senate threaten revolt, and those who voted for it in the House vow they won't back the final bill if it's still included, the Washington Post reports. The 11th-hour provision, which was pushed through with the help of the Roman Catholic bishops, "is going to make it that much more challenging on the Senate side," the president of NARAL-Pro Choice America tells the New York Times.

And even if the bill somehow manages to squeak by in the Senate, a group of House liberals who voted for the amendment just to keep the bill moving has vowed to block its final passage. "We're not going to let this into law," said Rep. Diana DeGette. For those on both sides of the abortion debate, the stakes are high. "This would be the greatest restriction on a woman's right to get an abortion with her own money in our lifetime," the pro-choice activist said.