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Senate Democratic Women Target Anti-Abortion Provision

Senate Democratic women met Tuesday to plot a strategy for ensuring that Rep. Bart Stupak’s (D-Minn.) anti-abortion amendment doesn’t make it into the Senate version of a health care reform bill, a task that at least one Senator thinks the chamber already has the votes to do.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said she and her female Democratic counterparts had a “good meeting— focused on how to advance health care reform legislation in the Senate that doesn’t include Stupak’s provision, which imposes a permanent ban on abortion coverage for any insurance plan paid for in part with a federal subsidy.

“We will work together to ensure that the decades-long compromise of no federal funds for abortion is what is in the Senate bill, and we will fight against any amendment that prevents women from using their own private funds for their reproductive health care. We are optimistic that compromise will prevail,— Boxer said in a statement.

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