Group of senators filibusters trafficking measure over abortion issue

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March 19, 2015

Statue of Grief and History stands in front of U.S. Capitol dome in Washington

Statue of Grief and History stands in front of U.S. Capitol dome in Washington. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Ten Senate Democrats voted March 17 to filibuster the Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Act over inclusion of Hyde Amendment provisions, which forbids federal funding for most abortions or abortion-related care.

“I know there are some Democrats who care deeply about the victims of human trafficking. Unfortunately, not everybody does, otherwise we wouldn’t be having this obstruction,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the bill’s author. “I hope they will examine their conscience.”

The long-standing Hyde Amendment has exceptions for abortions in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered. The language in the trafficking measure, known as S. 178, accounts for the fact because the federal grants it creates would be funded by fees rather than taxes.

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