Abortion in the Senate Passed Health Care Bill - Clarifying the Nelson Language

The renewed push for health care reform has once again raised questions about what the Senate passed health care bill does or does not do about abortion. In our analysis, the bill’s abortion language drafted by pro-life Senator Ben Nelson unmistakably tilts the scale in favor of the pro-life direction compared to current law. This memo lays out the key facts about the Nelson language and offers responses to the most common critiques.

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