September 22nd, 2009 by M. French

Discussion on the abortion ramifications of the Senate’s Baucus health care bill is underway. From LifeNews:

The Senate Finance Committee today started its debate on the new Baucus health care bill that contains massive abortion subsidies and mandates. During the opening statements, Sen. Chuck Grassley said the bill funds abortions and that it must be amended to make sure that is not the case.

At least six pro-life amendments will be offered that address abortion funding, state laws and the conscience rights of pro-life medical professionals who do not want to be forced to perform or refer for abortions.

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah has introduced amendments 354, that protect the right of conscience of medical workers, and 355, which “prohibits authorized or appropriated federal funds under this Mark from being used for elective abortions and plans that cover such abortions.”

Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming is the sponsor of four pro-life amendments.

Obama did promise that the proposed health care overhaul would not publicly fund abortions, though some find those statements misleading.

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