Could Abortion Issue Delay HC Vote?

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After much debate, the Senate may be a mere two weeks away from voting on a health care reform bill. 

"We're coming to closure," said Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. "It's clear to me we're going to get it passed."    
 
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has promised the legislation would not allow federal dollars to go towards abortion.
    
However, congressional Democrats are rejecting efforts by pro-life legislators to make sure that happens.
    
On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee refused to strengthen anti-abortion provisions in the health care bill.
    
They also rejected a conscience amendment that would have strengthened protections for health care workers who refuse to perform abortions due to religious or moral objections.
    
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told CBN News the current language in the committee's bill does not go far enough to ensure federal money will not be used to pay for abortions.

"They just can't stand the debate because they know that they're gradually losing on the issue of abortion," he said. "The vast majority of people in this country -- even pro-choice people or pro-abortion people - do not believe taxpayers should have to pay for the abortions of others."

Hatch also says there will be more abortion debate before the health care fight is over.

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