“All I’m asking — my gosh — is for specific language in the bill that prohibits federal dollars from being used to fund abortions.”

senator-orrin-hatchWashington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A Senate committee today voted against a critical amendment that would remove the massive abortion subsidies present in the Baucus health care bill. On a 13-10 vote, the Senate Finance Committee rejected amendments from Sen. Orrin Hatch that would have the bill conform to current federal law prohibiting direct abortion funding.

Hatch amendment 355 would make it so the Baucus bill “prohibits authorized or appropriated federal funds under this Mark from being used for elective abortions and plans that cover such abortions.”

The otherwise party-line vote saw pro-abortion Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe side with Democrats against it and Sen. Kent Conrad of Noth Dakota join Republicans in supporting it.

“All I’m asking — my gosh — is for specific language in the bill that prohibits federal dollars from being used to fund abortions,” Hatch said.

Pro-abortion Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan described Hatch’s amendment to prohibit abortion funding as “insulting” to women.

During the debate, Sen. Max Baucus, the author of the health care bill the panel has under consideration, claimed his measure follows the federal Hyde amendment that has prohibited virtually all direct federal abortion funding since the 1970s.

“The mark makes it clear that no federal funds will be used for abortion. None. None. It’s very clear,” he said.

However, the Baucus bill opens the door to massive abortion funding.

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