Thursday, November 5, 2009

House Continues to Argue About Abortion

Abortion is still an arguing point in House of Representatives. Even Democrats are asking for tighter restrictions on abortion funding. Read today’s New York Times article, “House Haggles Over Abortion in Health Care Bill.” Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to push the House bill forward with limited restrictions, but she is faced with the reality that this bill may not pass without major barriers to women’s access to abortion. The House bill as presently drafted defers the decision of whether the public option would cover abortion to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Whatever that decision, federal funds would not be used to pay for abortion services.

The Washington Post reports that the House intends to vote on the health care bill on Saturday, but according to the Los Angeles Times, debate over abortion language could mean that real reform isn’t seen until 2010.

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