Dec 23, 2009

Hiding the abortion language in healthcare bill

Rep. Bart Stupak (pictured), a pro-life Democrat Congressman from Michigan, said he was pressured to keep quiet on abortion language in health bill.

Rep. Bart Stupak said the White House and the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives have been pressuring him not to speak out on the "compromise" abortion language in the Senate version of the health care bill.

The Michigan Democrat succeeded last month in getting 64 House Democrats to join him in attaching his pro-life amendment to the House version of the health-care bill.

The “Stupak amendment,” as the provision is known, would prohibit the federal government from allocating taxpayer money to pay for any part of any health insurance plan that covers abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is in danger.

Rep. Stupak said, “We’re getting a lot of pressure not to say anything, to try to compromise this principle or belief.”

“We’re not going to do that. Members who voted for the Stupak language in the House – especially the Democrats, 64 Democrats that voted for it – feel very strongly about it. It’s been part of who we are, part of our make up. It’s the principle belief that we have. We are not just going to abandon it in the name of health care."

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