November 7, 2009

WANT TO RUN IN A RED DISTRICT ON HAVING PROPOSED A DEAL THAT WAS UNACCEPTABLE TO THE CHURCH?:

The abortion deal (Patrick O'Connor, 11/07/09, Politico)

Abortion opponents won a huge last-minute concession late Friday night after Democratic leaders agreed to grant them a vote on an amendment that would effectively bar insurers that participate in the exchanges from offering coverage for abortions.

Members of the Rules Committee approved a vote on the amendment early Saturday morning after hours of negotiations in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Capitol office, so the full House will get a chance to vote on it when the broader health care bill comes to the floor.

Leaders reluctantly made the decision after working for days to broker a truce that would garner a blessing from the Conference of Catholic Bishops. But the church, according to members and aides, wouldn't accept a compromise crafted by Indiana Rep. Brad Ellsworth that would have established a body to make sure private insurance companies don't use federal funds to pay for abortions.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 7, 2009 7:16 AM
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