In a recorded, and publicly available Q&A, Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl can be heard promising (at 52 min. of 60 min. full recording) to vote against abortion in the health care bill (Hear excerpted 2 minute portion on the abortion question in mp3 format or wma format). See Marquette's video of the evening.
On September 2, 2009 at Marquette University Law School's "On the Issues with Mike
Gousha," Kohl responded to a Marquette alumnus who asked him directly if he would vote against abortion in the health care bill, Kohl responded, "categorically yes".
Dan Zeidler, a 1969 Marquette grad and pro-life activist asked Senator Kohl: "I do not want health care to be used as a vehicle to expand abortion access. lt is very clear, very clear, that many in the congress want to do that, many from your party. Will you vote against any abortion mandates? Will you explicitly exclude them from any health care reform bill?"
Kohl responded: "I want to say, but it's complicated, but I want to say categorically yes. I agree with you. We should not be using health care reform to provide government access to abortion. I hear what you say. And I would hope that people from whatever party won't try and go down that road and put into a bill in the dead of night and then, lo and behold, wake up the next morning and something that shouldn't have happened did happen. We should not do that."A very pleasant development indeed!