WASHINGTON, D.C., February 2, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a narrow vote cast on party lines, the U.S. Senate has voted down a measure that would have repealed Barrack Obama’s health care reform law, which allocates federal dollars to organizations and insurance funds that pay for abortions.

The measure, known as the “McConnell Amendment” after Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, received all 47 Republican votes, while 51 Democrats voted against it. Two Democrats, Mark Warner, and Joseph Leiberman, abstained.

However, Senate Republicans said that this would be only the first of many attempts to repeal Obama’s health care reform bill, also known as “Obamacare.”

“The case against this bill is more compelling every day,” said McConnell following the vote. Everything we learn tells us it was a bad idea. That it should be repealed and replaced. The courts say so. The American people say so.”

Immediately following the vote, Republicans sent out twelve press releases targeted to the districts of vulnerable Senate Democrats who voted for the bill, Human Events reported.

“As they prepare to face voters in 2012, Senate Democrats will have a very tough time explaining why they once again chose to prioritize President Obama’s costly, unpopular health care overhaul over the best interests of seniors and small businesses in their states,” the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Communications Director Brian Walsh told the press.

The “Obamacare” bill is opposed by most major pro-life organizations, as well as the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which regard it as a major subsidy for abortion.