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U.S. Senate Committee Votes in Favor of RU-486

A Senate committee voted 12-8 on Wednesday against an amendment that would have suspended sales of the abortion pill RU-486.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., put forward the measure, because the drug has killed several women in the U.S.

“We’ve known for years now that RU-486 not only takes a preborn life, but can also prove deadly for the mother,” said Ashley Horne, federal policy analyst for Focus on the Family Action. “How many more women must die before Congress takes action?”

There was no vote taken on another amendment, which would have lifted the liability protection that shields one of the drugs in the RU-486 chemical-abortion combination.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted mostly along party lines. Republican Judd Gregg of New Hampshire joined the Democrats in voting “No.”

Horn said: “Each of the 12 senators who voted to continue placing the health of pregnant women at risk by allowing this deadly drug to remain on the market must hear outrage from his or her constituents at this flagrant disregard for human life.”

Let your senator know what you think of his or her vote:

PRO-LIFE VOTES (for the amendment):
Michael B. Enzi (Wyo.)
Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)
Richard Burr (N.C.)
Johnny Isakson (Ga.)
Orrin G. Hatch (Utah)
Pat Roberts (Kan.)
Wayne Allard (Colo.)
Tom Coburn (Okla.)

PRO-ABORTION VOTES (against the amendment):
Judd Gregg (N.H.)
Edward Kennedy (Mass.)
Christopher Dodd (Conn.)
Tom Harkin (Iowa)
Barbara A. Mikulski (Md.)
Jeff Bingaman (N.M.)
Patty Murray (Wash.)
Jack Reed (R.I.)
Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.)
Barack Obama (Ill.)
Bernard Sanders (Vt.)
Sherrod Brown (Ohio)

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) was not present for the vote.