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Abortion an obstacle to healthcare bill

Washington Post, November 9, 2009

As President Obama and Senate Democrats sought to generate momentum from the House's passage of healthcare legislation, a new hurdle emerged over profound dismay among abortion-rights supporters over antiabortion provisions inserted into the House bill, the Washington Post reports. The House passed its version of healthcare legislation by a vote of 220 to 215 after the approval of an amendment that would sharply restrict the availability of coverage for abortions, which many insurance plans now offer. The amendment goes beyond long-standing prohibitions against public funding for abortions, limiting abortion coverage even for women paying for it without government subsidies.