Health coverage for "unborn child" (SCHIP)

Senate Roll Call No. 302
110th Congress, 1st Session

Rejected: 49-50 (see complete tally)

The State Children's Health Insurance (SCHIP) program is a federal program that provides funds to states primarily to provide health services to children of low-income families. Under a regulation issued by the Bush Administration in 2002, states have the option of covering unborn children under the program, a policy known as the "unborn child rule." However, since this is an administrative rule, it could be changed by a future administration.  Therefore, in August, 2007, during consideration of legislation to reauthorize and expand the SCHIP program, pro-life Senator Wayne Allard (R-Co.) offered an NRLC-backed amendment to codify the "unborn child rule."  The Allard Amendment would have written explicit language into the SCHIP statute to guarantee that a covered child “includes, at the option of a State, an unborn child.”  The amendment further defined “unborn child” as “a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.”  (To read NRLC's complete letter to the Senate in support of the Allard Amendment, click here.  To view or download the letter in PDF format, click here.) The Allard Amendment failed, 49 to 50.  Roll call no. 302, August 2, 2007.

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 302
Votes For : 49
Votes Against : 50
Not Voting : 1

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