Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Ben Nelson backlash
Ben Nelson Faces Pro-Life Rally, Backlash After Abortion-Health Care Sellout
by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com Editor | December 21, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska faces a significant backlash after compromising his pro-life views on abortion by proposing language in the Senate health care bill that funds abortions and saying he would vote for the pro-abortion health care bill.
Since his announcement, pro-life groups have come down hard on Nelson saying his compromise just allows more abortion funding.
“I couldn't create the opportunity to be the 60th vote. It happened,” Nelson said on CNN on Sunday. “If you think it's fun having both sides on an issue mad at you when you're trying to do something in good faith, just think, it's like going home and getting bit by the family dog. So - who enjoys that?”
Nelson defended his abortion funding decision by saying even more abortion funding would be allowed had he not struck a deal with Senate leader Harry Reid. Nelson said Reid could have used the reconciliation process to bring up a bill that was even worse to get around his opposition preventing Reid from getting 60 votes.
“Then you wouldn't have gotten what’s in the bill right now,” Nelson said on CNN. Nelson added that
“The high intensity here is as harsh and as unforgiving and unrelenting as I have ever seen it in my nine years," he said about the response he faced.