WASHINGTON (BP)--A pro-life effort to prohibit funding of abortion in health-care reform failed in the House of Representatives Budget Committee March 15.
The committee voted 19-17 against an amendment to instruct that the pro-life language be included in a reconciliation bill the full House may consider in the
Pro-lifers contend that the country's abortion rate could go up if the bill passes.
next few days. The amendment called for inclusion of what is known as the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which would prohibit federal funds from paying for abortions or subsidizing plans that cover abortions.
The Budget Committee forwarded the reconciliation bill, which provides "fixes" to the Senate-approved, health-care measure, by a 21-16 vote.
Three Democrats -- Reps. Marion Berry of Arkansas, Marcy Kaptur of Ohio and Jim Langevin of Rhode Island -- voted with all but one Republican on the committee to call for the Rules Committee to include the pro-life amendment. Rep. Scott Garrett, R.-N.J., did not vote.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R.-Ohio, offered the amendment, telling the committee the language in the health-care bill approved by the Senate "represents the largest threat to innocent human life since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court" in 1973.
Jordan's amendment duplicated the language crafted by Reps. Bart Stupak, D.-Mich., and Joe Pitts, R.-Pa., and approved by the House before passage of the overall bill in November. The Stupak-Pitts Amendment maintains the current policy preventing federal funds from funding insurance plans that cover abortion. Read More