The problem with last-minute legislation

Nick Baumann, whocovers national politics for Mother Jones (and is the son of Commonweal's editor, Paul Baumann), explains here why the Senate billfails toexplicitly apply the Hyde Amendment to the new funding for community health centers.

The pro-lifers are wrong. The Senate bill won't lead to government directly funding abortions. But the Democrats screwed up. They could have easily prevented this particular line of attack. All it would have taken is a single line of text.

Matthew Boudway is senior editor of Commonweal.

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