Desperation (to get 60 Democrat votes to pass the Senate health bill by Christmas) spawned atrocious abortion language approved late Friday night by self-described-pro-life-holdout Sen. Ben Nelson But neither pro-lifers or abortion supporters are happy— only Democrat politicians wanting to hand Obama a victory.
Julie Schmit-Albin, Executive Director of our sister affiliate, Nebraska Right to Life, has issued a press release bemoaning the collaboration of their endorsed Senator with hard-core abortion supporters:
“Senator Nelson obliterated the hope of pro-life Americans who saw him as the last man standing [by his] late-night agreement with Senators Reid, Boxer and Schumer on unacceptable language that he claimed … was ‘Stupak-plus’ and… would pass pro-life muster.”
The Reid-Nelson language completely upends the 33-years-held Hyde policy of not funding elective abortion with tax money. And by including a “state” (not an individual) opt-out provision, it results in every purchaser of insurance being forced to pay for other people’s abortions in a more direct manner than ever before.
Yet even this doesn’t satisfy Planned Parenthood, NOW and NARAL who complain the Reid-Nelson language creates “an unworkable system whereby individuals will write two separate checks each month, one for abortion care(sic) and one for everything else.”