The hero of the innocents, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), issued a clear and credible threat to the Speaker earlier this week, which resulted in the White House telling HHS Secretary Sibelius to say the President wants an explicit ban on abortion in ObamaCare.
From The Hill:
A leading pro-life Democrat in the House is threatening to block healthcare reform if Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) doesn’t allow a vote that would prevent the bill from funding abortions.
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), co-chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus, says the Democratic leadership must allow a vote adding the “Hyde Amendment” to the bill. That amendment prevents federal dollars from going to abortion funding.
“First of all, you have to give us our vote,” Stupak told CBN News, repeating the message he’s relaying to the Democratic leadership. “If you don’t give us our vote, everything’s off the table.”
Pro-life Democrats have the votes, all by themselves, to kill health care reform in the U.S. House.
Representative Stupak opposes the Capps amendment, which was an attempt in the Energy and Commerce Committee version of HR 3200 to have-abortion-in-the-bill-but-say-its-not.
Rep. Stupak wants his own vote on his own amendment, or he will kill health care reform in the House.
He can do it.
He will do it.
Therefore, the White House, via Sibelius, came out Sunday professing to want an explicit ban on abortion funding — which violates the promise President Obama made to planned parenthood about abortion being a key benefit in health care reform.
The question is whether any liberal Democrats will deny their vote for final passage of ObamaCare, should Rep. Stupak get a vote or if he does get a vote, his amendment passes?
How many of the liberal ideological favorites can Obama walk away from and still have their support? So far, its abortion, benefits for illegal immigrants and the public option.