Abortion Politics And The Senate Race

In an apparent about-face, U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano says in the end, he might not vote for a health care reform bill that includes prohibitions on federal funding for abortion, according to the Boston Globe, which calls the move "a startling reversal."

On Saturday Capuano, a Democrat who is running hard for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by the late Ted Kennedy, voted with the majority in the House to pass a health care overhaul plan that did include such restrictions. Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley, also running for the U.S. Senate, made news when she said she wouldn't have voted for the health care bill because she objected to the abortion restrictions.

For more coverage on how abortion politics may play out as the U.S. Senate takes up health care reform, see this roundup from Kaiser Health News.

This program aired on November 10, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for WBUR. She is working on a memoir about rebuilding her family after her husband’s suicide. 



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