National Right to Life Committee, the well-known anti-abortion rights group, is under fire from anti-abortion Democrats in Congress for refusing to support the State Children’s Health Insurance Program expansion bill. The new version of the bill passed in the House on Thursday with a vote of 265-142.
The bill is a re-worked version of the SCHIP expansion bill vetoed by President Bush earlier this month. The House fell 13 votes shy of overriding the President’s veto last week.
President Bush is threatening to veto the new bill. Thursday’s 265-142 vote is still short of the two-thirds majority required to override the veto. The bill has more support in the Senate, which approved the original bill 67-29, reports CQ.com.