Abortion is likely to be the next issue brought to the floor for debate following votes Thursday on women's health care and Medicare. Nelson said he is circulating an amendment that closely mirrors one approved in the House and drafted by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.). ...
"It is Stupak language," Nelson said. "I've said at the end of the day if it doesn't have Stupak language on abortion in it I won't vote to move it off the floor." Asked whether that meant he was intent on stalling the bill, Nelson said: "I just said that, didn't I?
Many of Nelson's colleagues did not support his amendment, and did not believe he could rally enough opposition (Republican) votes to carry it.
Not that different from what Forrest Gump's mother said: Stupak is as stupak does.
Stupak’s measure would restrict women who receive federal subsidies from buying abortion coverage on insurance exchanges set up by the government. ...
Abortion-rights activists are not taking any chances. NARAL Pro-Choice America announced Thursday afternoon that it would air television ads in markets around the country, including Maine and Virginia, criticizing Nelson and Stupak for putting a debate over abortion in the middle of the healthcare debate.
“Why would politicians like Bart Stupak introduce abortion into America’s healthcare debate?” asks a female narrator in the spot, which features a photo of Nelson. “Why are they trying to make it more difficult than ever before for women to buy insurance coverage for abortion in the new healthcare system … even if they use their own money?”