Here is some interesting news from Catholic News Service:
No Deal: Pro-Life Democrat Still Vowing to Kill Health Care Bill
Thursday, November 05, 2009
By Matt Cover, Staff Writer
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), co-chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus.
(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) told CNSNews.com on Thursday he has not reached an agreement with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, [the pro-abortion Catholic Nancy Pelosi] and therefore he and dozens of pro-life Democrats are still poised to kill the House health care bill.
Stupak has organized a group of about 40 Democrats who are committed to killing the health care bill if [pro-abortion Catholic] Pelosi (D.-Calif.) does not allow them a straight up-or-down vote on an amendment that would prohibit federal dollars from paying for any part of any health insurance plan that covers abortions.
Stupak and his approximately 40 allies plan to vote against the special "rule" that would govern the terms of the House floor debate on the health care bill. If this rule does not win a majority vote, the House cannot proceed to consideration of the bill itself.
Stupak has said he believes he has enough votes to defeat the rule if [pro-abortion Catholic] Speaker Pelosi does not relent. The vote on the rule is likey to occur late Friday afternoon or Friday evening.
“I will continue to oppose, and will continue whipping my colleagues to oppose, bringing the bill to the floor for a vote until there is satisfactory language to prevent public funding for abortion,” Stupak told CNSNews.com in a statement on Thursday.
A senior aide in Stupak’s office told CNSNews.com, “Right now, the group of those pro-life Dems are holding together pretty well. The coalition is standing strong behind Congressman Stupak.” The group is committed to killing the bill if the Stupak amendment is not allowed a vote, the aide said.
Read the rest there.
In the meantime, also on CNS we read:
Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) said he supports an amendment to the health care bill that would prohibit federal funds from paying for abortions through the bill, but he also said he is not drawing any "lines in the sand” on the issue.
It is good to know who is who.