H. Con. Res. 254 -- one more evidence of
that the final health care bill (H.R. 3590) was
widely recognized to contain multiple pro-abortion
On March 19, 2010, Congressmen Bart Stupak
(D-Mi.), Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio), and nine other
members of the House of Representatives introduced a
resolution (H. Con Res. 254). This resolution, if
enacted, would have removed pro-abortion provisions
from the Senate-passed health care bill (H.R. 3590),
and added bill-wide, permanent prohibitions on any
provision of the bill being used to authorize
pro-abortion subsidies or administrative decrees.
However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not agree to
allow a vote on this resolution. Regrettably,
Stupak and Driehaus were among the House members who
then voted to pass H.R. 3590, on March 21, 2010,
even without the pro-life protections proposed in H.
Con Res. 254, and the bill was enacted into law.
Subsequently, Stupak, Driehaus, and some of the
other claimed that H.R. 3590 did not contain federal
subsidies for abortion -- but if that is what they
thought, why did they introduce this proposed
amendment to remove those provisions?
To view the summary of the
resolution/amendment prepared by the Library of
To view the actual text of H. Con. Res. 254
-- with the names of the original co-sponsors
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