Pro-Life Democrats Confirm: We Will Kill Health Care Bill Over Abortion Funding
by Steven Ertelt
March 4, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — More than a dozen pro-life Democrats could decide the fate of the Senate health care bill that contains massive abortion funding and other pro-abortion problems. They are led by Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak, who confirmed again this morning that they are prepared to kill the health care bill over abortion.
Stupak and the approximately 12 other pro-life Democrats gave House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the narrow margin she needed to pass the House health care bill.
But with the Senate measure funding abortions, they are willing to walk and flip their yes votes to no — complicating the numbers game for Pelosi and pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
"Yes. We’re prepared to take responsibility [for killing the bill]," Stupak said on ABC’s "Good Morning America" this morning when asked if they would take the heat for killing the pro-abortion bill. "We’re not going to vote for this bill with that kind of language."
"I want to see health care pass. We must have health care but, boy, there are some principles and beliefs that some of us are not going to pass," he said. "We’re prepared to take the responsibility. I mean, I’ve been catching it ever since last fall. Let’s face it, I want to see health care. But we’re not going to bypass some principles and beliefs that we feel strongly about."
The Obama administration and Nancy Pelosi have responded to the threats and evidence from pro-life groups showing how the bill funds abortions with a denial campaign.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s top pro-abortion health care advisor, continued that mantra on the ABC program Thursday morning.
"This will not change the status quo on the policy of abortion. There will be no federal funding for abortion," she falsely claimed.
Stupak countered that the Senate bill has language that would allow the government to "directly subsidize abortions."
"You would find in there the federal government would directly subsidize abortions, plus every enrollee in the Office of Personnel management plan, every enrollee has to pay a minimum of $1 per month toward reproductive rights which includes abortion," he explained.
"Give us our language. Let’s keep current law: No public funding for abortion," Stupak said.
There is no confirmed list of the Democrats who are supporting Stupak’s effort to stand up to the health care bill over abortion funding, but the general consensus is they include Republican Rep. Anh Cao of Louisiana, the only Republican to vote for the House version of the bill, Stupak himself, and the following Democrats:
Jerry Costello (D-IL), Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Steve Dreihaus (D-OH), Brad Ellsworth (D-IN), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Dale Kildee (D-MI), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Jim Oberstar (D-MN), and Charlie Wilson (D-OH)
Ed Morrissey, a conservative writer at HotAir, found a common theme in the list.
"With the exception of Oberstar, these all represent either red states or districts with significantly conservative tilts. Even Oberstars district is more conservative than Oberstar usually votes," he writes.
Morrissey predicts more Democrats will flip from yes to no because Americans strongly oppose the bill and because of the upcoming elections.
"The original bill passed by five votes. Pelosi had extra votes in her back pocket, but did she have seven of them? Actually, make that nine, since Raul Grijalva and Michael Arcuri look like they’ll flip, but for other reasons. And if these walk away, how many other Democrats in tough districts will choose to walk off the cliff for Nancy Pelosi only to have the bill fail anyway? Don’t be surprised if this prompts more late flips to opposition," he says.
Stupak agrees, saying he doesn’t think there will be enough votes for the Senate bill.
ACTION: Click here to find your member of the House and urge a NO vote on the pro-abortion Senate health care bill.
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