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Kevin Miller, Published December 19 2009

Watching to see how they vote

Thank you, Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan, for standing with five other Democrats in support of the Nelson amendment. Many of your constituents strongly support the 30-year-old Hyde amendment that prohibits tax dollars from being used to pay for or subsidize abortions. The Nelson amendment sought to preserve this ban within the current version of the health care bill. Alas, the amendment was defeated.

My question to both of you today, is: Will either of you have the courage to stand alone and keep this bill from being passed without specific language prohibiting our tax dollars being used to provide abortions, either directly or indirectly?

Either one of you can take away the all important 60th vote. We will be watching … and we will be voting