Monday, August 3, 2009

Efforts in committee to exclude abortion from health care fail

In an attempt to make certain that abortion was explicitly excluded from health care reform, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee including Michigan’s Bart Stupak put forward an amendment known as the Stupak-Pitts amendment. The Stupak-Pitts amendment would prevent the public health care option from funding abortion. On July 30, this amendment passed 31-27 but after a re-vote the amendment failed 30-29.

Efforts will now be made to insert amendments to exclude abortion from health care reform on the House floor after the August recess.