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Abortion emerges as top bill threat

Wall Street Journal, December 7, 2009

Antiabortion lawmakers in the Senate plan to introduce an amendment to restrict insurance coverage of abortion in the health bill. Both sides agree the amendment likely doesn't have enough votes to pass, but antiabortion groups and Sen. Ben Nelson (D., NE) say they will continue insisting on tough language as a condition for supporting the overall bill. As it stands now, the Senate health bill would include abortion coverage in the new public plan and would allow women who receive government tax credits for insurance to enroll in a plan that covers the procedure. The tax credit would be segregated so none of it could go toward funding abortion, the Wall Street Journal reports.