Here’s a little problem for Obamacare-pushing Dems in the House. Especially for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who’s trying to triangulate her way between the Democratic Party’s ultra-liberal base, to whom unrestricted, preferably government-funded abortion is a holy sacrament, and a loose coalition of Democratic pro-lifers, moderates, and pro-choicers who nonetheless object to forcing taxpayers to subsidize the procedure that seems to have the votes to gum up the healthcare works over the abortion issue.
So far the House healthcare bill has been purposedly vague on whether the government will or won’t pay for abortions under the House version of Obamacare–with liberals hoping, of course, that it will. But now, reports Fox News, Michigan Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak is pushing to make it clearer that it won’t:
Stupak says he’s rounded up the support of 40 Democrats, including moderate Blue Dogs and some abortion-rights backers, to support a procedural motion to allow him to insert language known as the Hyde Amendment into the health care bill. Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has prohibited federal funds from paying for abortions except in instances of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother.
“Some are pro-choice but feel that members should be given a choice to vote on this issue,” Stupak told Fox News.
Uh-oh for Pelosi, who’s thick as thieves with Emily’s List (watch her obsequious speech to the group in this 2007 YouTube), the megabucks Democratic “women’s issues” fund-raising outfit where unrestricted abortion is deemed to be the No. 1 “women’s issue.”
The Hill reports:
During an interview on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” show, Stupak (D-Mich.) said he is undeterred in trying to ensure that taxpayer dollars do not pay for abortions. Stupak, who opposes abortion rights, acknowledged that some in his party are upset with his public campaign to change the bill.
“The Speaker is not happy with me,” Stupak said.
We have to have a vote,” he said.
If he doesn’t get one, Stupak said he and as many as 39 other Democrats will vote no on a procedural motion to bring the health bill to the floor. A House vote on healthcare reform could be taken next week.
We’re waiting to see what Pelosi’s gonna do now.