Roe on its 42nd anniversary are,” Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.) said after Walter spoke.
The House approved the legislation 242 to 179. The margin was greater than last January when the chamber passed the bill 227 to 188 and greater than the 10 votes Republicans picked up in the mid-term elections last year.
But the vote was along party lines. Only three Democrats (Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois, Henry Cuellar of Texas, and Collin Peterson of Minnesota) voted for the legislation, while Rep. Richard Hanna of New York was the lone Republican defector.
President Obama has said that no federal funds would be used under the new health-care law for abortion services. But his words turned on the meaning of “federal funds.” As written, the Affordable Care Act provides indirect federal funding of abortion, as the law subsidizes health-care plans that offer elective abortion rather than abortion directly. Obama has promised to veto the legislation if a bill reaches his desk.
Mark Stricherz covers Washington for Aleteia. He is author of Why the Democrats are Blue.