The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, may introduce an amendment today that would restrict abortion funding in the Senate version of the health-care reform bill.
The Senate opens debate on the bill today at 3. It could be over by Christmas, if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has his way. Politico.com, the Washington politics website, says that Reid plans to conduct negotiations on the bill behind closed doors in order to get the 60 votes he needs for passage — and then move to close debate.
One of the main aspects of the bill that is keeping even some Democrats from supporting it is the so-called “public option.”
Hatch’s amendment, though, according to the Journal, focuses on abortion. It is expected to mirror the Stupak amendment that narrowly passed the House Nov. 7. That amendment would restrict federal funding of abortions except in the case of a threat to the mother’s life or pregnancy resulting from rape or incest.