40 Democrats Lining Up to Oppose Pelosi’s Abortion Funding in Healthcare Bill

-By Warner Todd Huston

The news is full of the behind closed doors deals being made by Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Pelosi but all is not harmonious in the land of healthcare “reform.”

One example of this is the fight amongst Democrats over abortion funding in Obamacare. Despite claims to the contrary, abortion will be funded by these various healthcare bills floating about in Congress. This fact makes moderate and conservative Democrats uneasy and forms just one of the many disagreements that Democrats are having with Democrats over Obamacare.

The Hill reports on this disagreement that has seen a group of up to 40 House Democrats banding together to oppose abortion funding in Obamacare.

These 40 Democrats, led by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), are warning that they will try to block the healthcare bill if it still has abortion funding in it.

Stupak wants to force Pelosi to allow a vote on an amendment that would strip abortion funding from the House bill but is strongly opposed by Pelosi and powerful Democrats such as House Rules Committee chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), who has apparently said there is “no way” she will allow a vote on Stupak’s amendment.

“There’s about 40 like-minded Democrats like myself — we’ll try to take down the rule,” Stupak said. “If all 40 of us vote in a bloc against the rule — because we think the Republicans will join us — we can defeat the rule. The magic number is 218. If we can have 218 votes against the rule, we win.”

According to The Hill, however, Stupak needs at least 41 Democrats to join his effort to affect the legislation. Still, it shows that the Democrats are not entirely united behind the far left-wing agenda of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi.

(Cross posted at HealthcareHorseRace.com.)
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, TheRealityCheck.org, RedState.com, Human Events Magazine, AmericanDailyReview.com, and the New Media Journal, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events and is currently the co-host of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Conservatism” heard on BlogTalkRadio. Warner is also the editor of the Cook County Page for RedCounty.com.

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