The Rules Committee, whose chief role is to clear legislation for floor consideration, is scheduled to review the bill Friday afternoon.
Ellsworth’s proposal seeks to explicitly prevent federal tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions while guaranteeing the availability of pro-life insurance plans through the bill’s health insurance exchange.
An earlier compromise proposal by Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) had been included during committee negotiations on the bill, but pro-life Democrats such as Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) have argued repeatedly that the Capps amendment would still allow the bill’s public-option plan to contain coverage for elective abortions and have called for stronger language.
It’s not certain whether pro-lifers such as Stupak would support his amendment, Ellsworth told reporters.
Capps told reporters she could support the Ellsworth compromise, provided that it supported her own proposal. The debate at large is about healthcare reform, she stressed. “It should not be about abortion.”
What do you think? Post a comment on this article and share your opinion with other readers. Submit your comments to Modern Healthcare Online at [email protected]. Please be sure to include your hometown and state, along with your organization and title.