Stupak-Pitts Amendment (to prohibit federal funding of abortion and federal subsidies for insurance coverage of abortion)

House Roll Call No. 884
111th Congress, 1st Session

Agreed to: 240-194 (see complete tally)
On November 7, 2009, during consideration of a massive bill to restructure the health care system, H.R. 3962, the House of Representatives considered an NRLC-backed amendment proposed by Reps. Bart Stupak (D-Mi.) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.).  The Stupak-Pitts Amendment removed two major pro-abortion components from H.R. 3962.  Specifically:  (1)  the amendment would permanently prohibit a proposed new federal government insurance program, the "public option," from paying for abortion, except to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest; and (2) the amendment would permanently prohibit the use of proposed new federal premium subsidies ("affordability credits") to purchase private insurance plans that cover abortion (except to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest).   The Stupak-Pitts Amendment was approved, 240 to 194.  The pro-life amendment was supported by 176 Republicans and 64 Democrats.  It was opposed by 194 Democrats.  One Republican withheld his support by voting "present."  Roll Call No. 884.  (H.R. 3962 was then passed and sent to the Senate, which took up a separate health care bill, H.R. 3590.)  For further information on abortion-related issues on the health care legislation, click here.  To learn more about other pro-life issues in this legislation, click here.)

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 884
Votes For : 240
Votes Against : 194
Voted "Present" : 1

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