U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), a practicing physician is calling the compromise abortion language in the health reform bill a "reprehensible and deceptive agreement" and an "historic and radical shift in policy that will require taxpayers to pay for abortion."
Coburn is accusing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid with trying to rush what he calls a "phony agreement" before the public realizes its implications.
Coburn, who says he has delivered more than 4,000 babies, predicts the voters will "hold accountable anyone who defends sacrificing the unborn on the altar of political expediency."
According to Coburn, the amendment solidifies requirements that federal funds pay for abortions by ensuring that — for the first time — federal funds be used to pay for elective abortions. He says traditional anti-abortion groups, like the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Right to Life Committee, Americans United for Life and the Family Research Council also propose the amendment. He says the organizations will oppose the bill's passage if it remains.