Chambliss Votes to Ban Federal Funding for Abortions in Health Care Bill
U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., voted for an amendment to the Senate health care bill that would have extended the ban on federal funding for abortions. Democrats tabled the amendment by a 54-45 vote.
Offered by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., the amendment would have barred federal funding for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or the life of the mother, in the health care legislation presently being debated by the Senate. The amendment would have also prohibited federal funds being used for abortions under community health insurance options, and would have banned the use of tax credits to buy health insurance policies that cover abortions.
"As a father and grandfather, I believe that life is a precious gift from God, and that human life is sacred at all stages of development. Taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund abortions. I am disappointed that my Senate colleagues refused to allow a vote on this issue."