Passage of health reform may hinge on a small number of provisions in the Senate bill that deal with the issue of funding of abortion. The bill does nothing to change current federal policy concerning funding of abortion. However, Representative Bart Stupak, Democrat of Michigan and other House Democrats who oppose abortion rights are threatening to derail any plan to save health reform unless President Obama is“more flexible” on tightening abortion restrictions in the big health care legislation. Abortion opponents want to use the threat of not voting for the health reform to force a major change in current federal law concerning funding of abortion to go far beyond current federal policy with respect to prohibiting abortion funding.
Click below to read for yourself the provisions of the Senate bill with regard to abortion funding that are at the center of this controversy.