16 Catholic Senators Voted Against Nelson-Hatch Amendment
Lisa Correnti at www.onenationundergod.org has a complete list of the 16 Catholic senators who voted against the Nelson-Hatch amendment that would have banned federal funding for abortion in the Senate version of the bealthcare bill. There were 1o Catholic senators who supported the bill, including Senators Murkowski (R-AK), Kaufman (D-DE), LeMieux (R-FL), Risch (R-ID), Brownback (R-KS), Bunning (R-KY), Vitter (R-LA), Johanns (R-NE), Voinovich (R-OH) and Casey (D-PA).
Correnti also includes the following comment from Francis Cardinal George of Chicago, the president of the USCCB:
While we deplore the Senate’s refusal to adopt the Nelson-Hatch-Casey amendment, we remain hopeful that the protections overwhelmingly passed by the House will be incorporated into needed reform legislation. Failure to exclude abortion funding will turn allies into adversaries and require us and others to oppose this bill because it abandons both principle and precedent.