Pro-Abortion Democrats Renew Threat: No Health Care Bill With Stupak Amendment
by Steven Ertelt
February 24, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — As the next chapter of the debate over the pro-abortion health care bill begins, pro-abortion House Democrats are renewing their pledge not to support any bill with the Stupak amendment. That’s the amendment originally added to the House bill that ban all abortion funding.
With the reconciliation push on for the bill, there is likely no method pro-life lawmakers can use to add the Stupak amendment to the Senate health care bill — which is what the White House and Democratic leaders are pushing through Congress.
But that hasn’t stopped the most prominent pro-abortion activists from promising not to vote for the bill if the amendment is included.
Appearing on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show last night, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat, spoke for dozens of her hardcore pro-abortion colleagues.
"It was at the last minute that Bart Stupak lined up enough Democrats and Republicans by saying that his amendment really was the status quo — it really was not; this went way past the current law,” she claimed, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"The pro-choice members, 42 of us who signed a letter saying we want to maintain the status quo, will not vote for the bill if it includes the Stupak language," she added.
Concerning the Senate bill, the lawmaker said "that it is not going to pass if it has the Stupak language.”
For his part, Rep. Bart Stupak, a pro-life Michigan Democrat, says the new language in the proposed changes to the Senate health care bill President Barack Obama suggests are no good because they continue abortion funding.
"Unfortunately, the President’s proposal encompasses the Senate language allowing public funding of abortion," Stupak says. "The Senate language is a significant departure from current law and is unacceptable."
He has said anywhere from 10-12 Democrats will join him in voting against the Senate bill because of the abortion funding and that could be enough to kill the bill in the House unless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can find more votes for it to offset them.
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