Fifteen House Democrats joined 236 House Republicans to pass the Protect Life Act, 251-172, on Thursday. The legislation would amend the Democrats’ Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to prohibit federal funds from being spent on any health plan that includes coverage of abortion services. The bill also provides conscience protections for health care workers who oppose abortion.
But even if the bill passes the Democrat-controlled Senate, President Obama is sure to veto it: “If the President is presented with H.R. 358, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill,” the OMB said in a statement even before the House passed the bill.
Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), the bill’s sponsor, noted that as recently as last year, a survey showed that 67 percent of Americans support a ban on abortion funding. “But the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act failed to include this prohibition, and that is why we are here today,” Pitts said. “President Obama indicated his support for upholding the ban on federal funding for abortion in health reform, and that is exactly what the Protect Life Act does.”
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