american%20indian.jpgThis morning the US Senate voted 52-42 to ban Indian Health Service funds from being used for abortions except to save a mother’s life, or for rape or incest of a minor.
This has been long-standing US policy since 1982, when President Reagan closed a loophole and Congress later agreed, in conjunction with the Hyde Amendment for Medicaid funding.
But the fix has never been permanent. The House must also pass the measure, although a DC insider noted, “I doubt the House will take up this measure anytime soon.”
Democrats voting yes…


Landrieu
Bayh
Reid
Casey
Salazar
Byrd
Johnson
Nelson (NE)
Republicans voting no…
Snowe
Specter
Collins
Clinton, McCain, and Obama were absent. See how your senator voted here.