Health coverage for "unborn child" (SCHIP)

Senate Roll Call No. 26
111th Congress, 1st Session

Rejected: 39-59 (see complete tally)

The State Children's Health Insurance (SCHIP) program is a federal program that provides funds to states primarily to provide health services to children of low-income families. Under a regulation issued by the Bush Administration in 2002, states have the option of covering unborn children under the program, a policy known as the "unborn child rule." However, since this is an administrative rule, it could be changed by the new administration.  Therefore, during consideration of legislation to reauthorize and expand the SCHIP program (H.R. 2), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) offered an NRLC-backed amendment to codify the "unborn child rule."  The Hatch Amendment would have written explicit language into the SCHIP statute to guarantee that a covered child “includes, at the option of a State, an unborn child.”  The amendment further defined “unborn child” as “a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.”   The Hatch Amendment failed, 39 to 59.  The pro-life amendment was supported by 37 Republicans and two Democrats; it was opposed by four Republicans and 55 Democrats.  Roll call no. 26, January 29, 2009.

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 26
Votes For : 39
Votes Against : 59
Not Voting : 1

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