Skip to comments.Abortion Pact Paves Way for Health Bill [I Say Call It The "Abortion Murder Pact"]
Posted on 03/21/2010 4:51:23 PM PDT by Steelfish
Abortion Pact Paves Way for Health Bill House Votes to Begin Debate on $940 Billion Health-Care Overhaul
JANET ADAMY And GREG HITT
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House voted Sunday to allow debate to begin on a sweeping $940 billion health-care measure, just hours after an agreement was reached on abortion language that is expected to result in the bill's passage.
In a procedural vote that was a key test for whether the bill will pass, the House voted 224-206 to approve the "rule" on the health-care bill's debate. A final vote on the bill likely will come late Sunday night.
Democratic leaders won a critical victory as Rep. Bart Stupak, the leader of an antiabortion bloc in the party, said he struck a deal with the White House over the abortion issue.
The announcement put Democratic leaders on the verge of the 216 votes they need to pass their health overhaul. Objections from antiabortion Democrats had represented the final major obstacle to achieving a majority.
The White House said President Barack Obama will issue an executive order affirming restrictions on federal funding on abortions and providing additional safeguards to ensure that the restrictions are upheld.
"We have an agreement," Mr. Stupak told a late-afternoon press conference, where he was joined by six other antiabortion Democrats. "We wanted to see health-care reform, but there was a principle that meant more to us."
The executive order, which the White House said Mr. Obama would sign after the bill is passed, would ensure that the bill's restrictions on abortion coverage would extend to community health centers, and would strengthen so-called conscience provisions for places like Catholic hospitals.
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He was voting for it all along.
Thank goodness- now we’ll actually be able to do something about these deficits!