The Stupak-Pitts amendment to H.R. 3962 (which prevents federal funding of abortion) was passed last night in the House.
H.R. 3962 was passed by a vote of 220 to 215.
Not so great!
While I celebrate the inclusion of a pro-life amendment in the bill, pro-lifers should still have serious concerns with H.R. 3962.
The bill does not:
1. give any clear provisions for conscience protection of health care workers
2. exclude the controversial “death panels” on end-of-life care.
Furthermore, H.R. 3962 must now go to the Senate to be passed. From there the bill will go to conference where a final version will be created. There are no guarantees that language from the Stupak-Pitts amendment would be preserved in the final version.