Senators Defeat Abortion Amendment in Health Care Bill - ABC News The Senate today rejected an amendment in the health care bill that would tighten restrictions on abortion coverage. By a vote of 54-45, Senators dismissed the abortion amendment offered by Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. ... The current language in the Senate health care bill restricts the use of public funds for abortion services. But private insurance plans that are offered in the insurance exchange can cover abortion if funds for the procedure are used only from premiums paid by beneficiaries.