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Michigan Democratic Rep. Bob Stupak says he and his fellow anti-abortion Democrats are prepared to take the heat if they can sink the bill.
“Yes, we’re prepared to take the responsibility,” Stupak says. “Let’s face it. I want to see healthcare but we’re not going to bypass the principles of belief that we feel strongly about.”
Stupak has been down this road before. He held up legislation last year until language was inserted to stop use of federal funds for abotions.
No such language exists in the current plan but Obama may have to agree to some sort of anti-abortion provision if he has any chance of the health plan clearing the House.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says Obama is prepared to allow some language to bar use of federal money for abotion.
“This will not change the status quo on the policy of abortion,” she said. “It just means there will be no federal funding for abortion.
Stupak and Sebelius made their comments on ABC’s “Good Morning America” program on Thursday.