Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak’s health care reform mantra: “No public funding for abortion.”
“In the present form, the Senate health care bill is going nowhere in the House of Representatives,” Rep. Mark Stupak told Fox News on Thursday, owing in part to the way in which the bill was passed—“the special deals,” as he put it. After Fox co-anchor Liz Claman reminded him that he “could hold this whole thing up,” Stupak claimed he didn’t want to hold up the process of passing health care legislation but conceded that there was a sticking point for him that he and certain like-minded colleagues in Congress were going to fight for: “No public funding for abortion, that’s all we’re saying.” —KA
“On Politics” in USA Today:
“In the present form, the Senate health care bill is going nowhere,” Stupak told Fox News today. “I want to see health care passed (but) … there’s a principle and a belief that the American people agree with which says no public funding for abortion.”
The contentious issue of abortion has never been far from the debate over President Obama’s health care legislation. In the coming weeks, however, it could take on a more prominent role again. Stupak has suggested that as many as a dozen lawmakers who originally voted “yes” on health care could switch their vote because of the abortion issue.