House leaders call pro-life group’s bluff

March 12, 2010 01:05

A top House Democrat said Thursday that leaders may not have to change the Senate health care bill’s abortion-related provisions to meet the demands of 12 members who have threatened to walk.

Rep. Bart Stupak, a pro-life Michigan Democrat, has said he and 11 other Democrats who voted for the House bill will oppose the Senate bill unless strong abortion restrictions are added.

Coming up with the 216 votes required for passage of the bill would be difficult without those 12, who Mr. Stupak said believe the bill allows for federal funding of abortions. The issue stalled a vote in the House in November and threatens to prevent passage of a series of changes to the Senate bill.

But Rep. Henry A. Waxman, California Democrat, who is chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, questioned whether all 12 are willing to vote against President Obama’s chief legislative priority.

FULL STORY at Washington Times

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