On November 16, CNN published a story stating pro-life Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson was backing away from full support of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment in the Senate’s socialized healthcare bill.
Subsequently, Democrats for Life president Kristen Day informed me this wasn’t true.
Yesterday I requested a statement of clarification from Sen. Nelson and have received the following from his communication’s office:
“To earn my support, the final bill must not use taxpayers’ dollars to fund abortions. My preference is to see Stupak-like language in the final bill. Having said that, I won’t rule out other solutions that could incorporate the principles of Hyde and would ensure no premium subsidies would pay for abortions,” said Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska.
Key terminology is “ensure no premium subsidies would pay for abortion,” which is a point about which I specifically requested clarification. Sen. Nelson was reiterating his opposition to language permitting private insurance companies to pay for abortions that would receive federal subsidies.
As yet unclear is whether Sen. Nelson will vote against cloture this weekend. I’ve requested an answer from his office on that.