What was possibly the final bid to halt the Obama administration health care bill's expansion of abortion in the House Energy and Commerce Committee failed early Friday.
Another pro-life amendment offered by Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Joe Pitts (R-PA) to halt the abortion mandate Friday was rejected 27-31.
The amendment states that "no funds authorized under this Act (or amendment made by this Act) may be used to pay for any abortion or to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion," although it makes exceptions in the case of danger to the mother's life, or in cases of rape or incest.
"Once again the Democratic Majority has demonstrated it fully intends to fund or subsidize abortion services in their health care plan," commented Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on this latest Committee action.
"With the majority of Americans, we believe that health care legislation should not cover abortion. The actions of the House Committee demonstrate beyond any doubt that it intends for the federal government to fund coverage of abortion on demand."
Perkins applauded Stupak and the other committee Democrats who voted to keep abortion out of the health care bill. I echo those sentiments. At least they tried.
"We will continue to work with members of both parties to remove abortion from the government health care plan when this legislation moves to the House floor," he said. I have no doubt that Barry and the Dems will make sure abortion is covered.