McCaskill Says Stupak “Goes to Far”

Jodi Jacobson

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Monday she wouldn't be able to accept "the Nelson language," intended to incorporate the Stupak amendment into the Senate bill.

According to the Associated Press, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Monday she wouldn’t be able to accept "the Nelson language," a reference to the amendment Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) has said he will introduce to in an effort to incorporate the House health reform bill language on abortion and insurance into the Senate bill.

"Let’s be clear, the bill as it stands does continue the current
law" banning the use of federal money for abortions in most
circumstances, she said in an appearance on CBS’s "The Early Show."

"What this amendment does, is it goes further," McCaskill said. "You
can’t use private money in the private market … and frankly I think
that goes too far."

Senator McCaskill had earlier suggested the Senate could "live with" the Stupak language, a statement that deeply dismayed pro-choice advocates throughout the country.

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