Pro-Abortion Leader Claims Pro-Life Democrats Will Oppose Stupak Next Time
by Steven Ertelt
November 18, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The House of Representatives will have one more chance to vote on a government-run health care bill and, when it does, the pro-abortion leader there says fewer pro-life Democrats will support the Stupak amendment that removes virtually all abortion funding from the bill.
The attention now turns to the Senate, which is expected to approve a bill that contains massive abortion funding and no Stupak-type amendment cutting it off. That means the bills will go to a conference committee where lawmakers from both the House and Senate will merge the bills together into one final product.
Should that bill contain the Stupak amendment, pro-abortion Rep. Diana DeGette, a Colorado Democrat who leads abortion advocates, says she has enough votes to kill the bill or to support the bill if the Stupak language is removed.
DeGette says that is because she has been able to convince some pro-life Democrats that the Stupak amendment goes further than the Hyde amendment by making it so women who want abortions won’t be able to get their insurance policy to pay for them.
"I will say that I have spoken privately with several pro-life members about the Stupak amendment, and they acknowledged that the Stupak amendment goes far beyond where they thought it did," she told the web site TPM.
"I think this bill still has a long way to go, and I will tell you that by the time the bill gets to the conference report, I think cooler heads will prevail," she added.
Her comments follow those of Stupak himself who said yesterday that he has anywhere from 10-30 members who would vote against the health care bill if the abortion funding ban is removed.
"They’re not going to take it out. If they do, health care will not move forward," Stupak told Fox News. He said he has "at least 10 to 15 to 20" votes against the health care bill without the abortion funding prohibition in place.
"The majority has spoken. Most people agree — do not use public funds for abortion," he told Fox News. "You’re not going to summarily start dismissing amendments which the majority of the House of Representatives wanted."
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