The U.S. House of Representatives just barely passed its version of health care reform with a vote of 220-215, and it would not have cleared if it weren't for a critical vote on abortion.
Pro-life Democrats threatened to bring down the health care bill if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not allow a vote on an amendment to ban public money to pay for abortions.
Sixty-four Democrats and 176 Republicans voted for Rep. Bart Stupak's, D-Mich., amendment.
The amendment bans any insurance company that participates in the insurance exchange from offering plans that cover abortions.
"We have to fight as passionately as we can that when you do health care, it doesn't become a conduit for the polar opposite of health care and that is abortion, which kills babies," said Sen. Chris Smith, R-N.J. "It does not nurture or protect. It kills."
Abortion-rights advocates are calling the measure the biggest setback to women's reproductive rights in decades.
Dr. Charles Dunn, dean of Regent University's School of Government, talked to CBN News about the amendment and funding for abortion.
Why is there so much outrage when lawmakers maintained all along that the bill did not include funding for abortion? Click play for Dunn's answer.