House passes anti-abortion amendment

The House just passed a polarizing anti-abortion measure that would prevent insurance plans that receive federal subsidies from covering abortion.

The amendment, which will now be attached to broader healthcare legislation, passed 240-194. Sixty-four Democrats voted "yes" along with all but one Republican.

Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) voted present in an effort to help kill the amendment and thus harm the chances of passing the entire bill. National Right to Life has announced they'll hold Shadegg's "present" vote against him in their annual legislative scorecard.

Democrats saw the amendment, offered by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), as a necessary concession to round up the 218 votes they need to pass the larger healthcare bill.

Stupak had threatened to muster enough pro-life Democrats to defeat the whole reform bill if he didn't get a vote on his amendment.