Graham Supports Pro-Life Amendment to Health Care Legislation

Statement

By:  Lindsey Graham
Date: Dec. 8, 2009
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today said he will vote in support of the Nelson-Hatch Amendment to the Democrat health care bill. The amendment prohibits federal funds from being used for abortion services or coverage. It is sponsored by Senators Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

Graham said:

"Tax dollars should not be used to fund abortions. Since passage of the Hyde Amendment in the 1970s, our nation has had a long-standing policy prohibiting federal funds from being used for abortion services or coverage. Unfortunately, the health care legislation changes this long-standing policy. There are many problems with the health care bill and this ill-advised change is among the most glaring. I appreciate Senator Nelson for offering this important amendment and hope it will be adopted by the Senate."