I understand that Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R-UT) amendment to Sen. Backus’ bill was voted down in the Senate Finance Committee.
The amendment would have prohibited federal funding of abortion in a way that is more lasting than the "Hyde Amendment" (which has to be renewed each year). Hatch’s amendment would have permitted individual’s to purchase "riders" for abortion but would have forbidden public funds.
This amendment also provided conscience clause protection.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) helped shoot down the amendment (10-13) saying, “As a woman, I find it offensive. This is an unprecedented restriction on people who pay for their own health insurance.”
The seemingly desperate Sen. Max Backus (D-MT), chairman of the committee was against the amendment (to his bill) saying that his bill already prohibits federal funding of abortion.
I wonder how the vote broke down.
BTW.. Sen. Debbie Stabenow enjoys a 100% rating from NARAL and is in favor of partial birth abortion. She is okay with transporting minors across state lines for abortions, and against defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP.
Three Catholic pro-abortion Democrats were the swing votes.