I previously wrote about the cantankerous passage in the House last week of a bill to allow publicly funded abortions in the District of Columbia.
Meanwhile a Senate companion bill (S. 1432) has passed out of committee and is on its way to a vote in the full Senate….
The text of S. 1432 has just been made available online, with a startling revelation: The Smith Amendment tagged on the bill in the House, and prohibiting taxpayer subsidized abortions through the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program has been deleted.
This means that in addition to allowing taxpayer funded abortion in DC, S. 1432 would result in taxpayer funded abortion for the more than 8 million people covered by the FEHBP.
Wrote a source, “This is particularly noteworthy in light of the ongoing debate on national health care reform, because the FEHBP has been repeatedly used as an example of what the new national health care system might look like. In that context, it is alarming that the Senate is now proposing to fund abortion through the FEHBP.”
If S. 1432 passes in the Senate, it will go to conference to iron out differences with the House passed bill.