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Senate passes measure that could allow mandatory abortion coverage in health-care bill

Catholic World News - December 03, 2009

The US Senate today approved the “Mikulski amendment” to the proposed health-care reform bill, paving the way for mandatory abortion coverage in health insurance programs. The Mikulski amendment stipulates that health insurance carriers must cover any procedure that is classified by the Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) as proper preventive care. Thus if the HRSA said that abortion is preventive care, all insurers would be required by law to cover abortion payments.

The Mikulski amendment was approved by a 61- 39 Senate vote, which broke down almost entirely along party lines. Every Democrat except Senator Nelson of Nebraska voted for the amendment; every Republican except Senators Collins and Snowe of Maine and Vitters of Louisiana voted against it.

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  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Dec. 03, 2009 8:05 PM ET USA

    Preventive, of what, one wonders. Not of pregnancy, as the woman is pregnant already; not of birth, as she WILL deliver, even if the babe is all but obliterated by the abortion. No, the only thing abortion prevents is the CONTINUATION of an existing life--in other words, it kills. Abortion is not health care, since health care is meant to improve or protect health--killing does not qualify as either. St Michael, defend us in this battle!

  • Posted by: adamah - Dec. 03, 2009 2:18 PM ET USA

    I guess this means that Sen. Robert Casey of Pa voted in favor of mandatory coverage for abortion. Too bad we have no bishop to confront him.

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