The Senate just defeated Sen. Ben Nelson’s amendment to the health care reform bill by a 54-45 vote.
The amendment contained a number of abortion restrictions that made it nearly identical to the House’s reprehensible, anti-choice Stupak amendment.
It’s unclear now whether this will provide conservative Democrats an impetus to vote against health care reform, or whether it will lead to the passage of a much more toned-down version of this amendment–perhaps something that would bring health care reform in line with the Hyde amendment, which is the current law of the land regarding federal funding and abortion.
Still, this is a positive development both for women’s rights and for health care reform in general. This bill should be about increasing and improving health care, not restricting a woman’s right to choose.