Breaking: Senate Rejects Abortion Restrictions in Health Bill
The Washington Post and ABC News reported just a few minutes ago that the Senate defeated Senator Ben Nelson's amendment that would have restricted abortion coverage in insurance policies purchased by people receiving federal subsidies under the Senate's proposed health-care reform bill. The amendment was defeated 54-45.
Nelson had threatened to filibuster the bill unless the abortion restrictions were added. Without Nelson's vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may not have the necessary votes to move the bill toward passage. Reid hinted that he may try to find another way to satisfy Nelson's concerns and win his vote.