US Senate Votes Down Anti-Abortion Amendment to Health Care Proposal

By a vote of 54-45, Senators dismissed the abortion amendment offered by Democratic Sen.

Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Seven Democrats joined most Republicans in voting for it, while two Republicans, Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, voted with the Democrats.

The National Organization for Women applauds the Senate for voting to table and effectively defeat the Nelson-Hatch Amendment to the health care reform bill. This victory is just one small step, however, toward enacting health care reform that recognizes health care as a human right, abortion as health care and women as deserving of coverage that meets all of their medical needs.