Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) told Politics Daily Tuesday that he plans to introduce an amendment to the Senate health care reform bill similar to the amendment by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) that was attached to the House health care reform bill. When asked if his amendment would mirror the Stupak language, he said. "I think so, I think that's a fair appraisal."

Stupak's measure says people who buy insurance through the new government exchange, and use subsidies to help them do it, would not be allowed to buy a policy that covered abortion.

Few specifics are known about the full bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will bring to the Senate floor for consideration, but one thing is assured. With Hatch's amendment, the issue that threatened to derail House passage of the bill -- restricting direct and indirect federal funding for abortion -- will be a part of the Senate debate.

"It will be much more difficult in the Senate," Hatch predicted. He said he has already reached out to Democrats to get support for the measure, but said, "There are so few you can really turn to."