By Steve Jalsevac

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 7, 2009 10:45 p.m. ( – The Stupak-Pitts Amendment that would prohibit coverage of elective abortion in two big new federal programs created by the Democrat's health reform bill passed by a wide margin of 240 to 194 Saturday evening.  64 Democrats supported the amendment.

Debate in the House is now under way on another, much less likely to pass Republican amendment. After the vote on this last amendment, there is expected to be a final vote on the main health care bill later this evening.