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Wrap-up of Colloquy

Senator Johanns is emphasizing that the Stupak-Pitts language is NOT in the Senate bill.  Therefore, it is not likely to be in the final bill (once the Senate version is reconciled with the House version).  He said that there are not enough prolife senators to add this provision to the bill.

Senator Johanns argues that the most important pro-life vote that a Senator will cast will be on tonight’s cloture vote on the motion to proceed.

He highlighted that over 97% of bills that require a cloture vote on a motion to proceed go on to pass the Senate.  So, if cloture is achieved tonight, the bill will ultimately pass the Senate (without the Stupak-Pitts amendment language).

Senator Johanns stated that this bill will radically expand abortion if it is not stopped.

Senator Hatch said that all we are asking for is to not have taxpayers pay for abortions.  Also, why should people who are opposed to abortion be forced to participate in one? The Stupak-Pitts language passed the House — why not the Senate?

Senator Brownback said that we are looking at federal funding of over 300,000 abortions a year if this bill passes without the Stupak-Pitts language.