The blog for Massachusetts Citizens for Life: the pro-life movement in the Bay State since 1973.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Act Friday morning! Senate abortion funding vote possible today!
According to the Associated Press (11/27/09), Keith Maley, aide to Massachusetts Senator Paul Kirk, stated that "Kirk supports a law that has prevented federal funds from being used for abortions for over three decades."
The Senate is now debating amendments to its version of a health care reform bill. A Stupak-type amendment to restrict abortion funding may be debated and voted on as early as Friday. This amendment will be offered by pro-life Democrat Ben Nelson (D-NE) and co-sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). It is necessary for other Democrats to join Senator Nelson. Senator Casey from Pennsylvania is a possibility. Senator Kirk from Massachusetts is also a possibility.
Chances for passage of the Nelson Amendment appear slim. If it fails, the Senate bill will not only provide massive federal funding for abortion, but could potentially mandate elective abortion coverage in all medical insurance plans. That is because an amendment by pro-abortion Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), which passed today, Dec. 3rd, leaves it to the Department of Health and Human Services to define which "preventive" services for women will be required care in all health plans.
Kirk supports the Hyde Amendment. Call him to urge him to vote for the Nelson Amendment! 202-224-4543