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Of Abortions and Genocide

March 20, 2010

House Dems confident in overcoming abortion rift
Article: My Way News

…The legislation, affecting virtually every American and more than a year in the making, would extend coverage to an estimated 32 million uninsured, bar insurers from denying coverage on the basis of existing medical conditions and cut federal deficits by an estimated $138 billion over a decade.

Congressional analysts estimate the cost of the two bills combined would be $940 billion over a decade.

Republicans, unanimous in opposition to the bill, complained anew about its cost and reach.

One option on abortion emerged Saturday – an executive order from Obama – that would reflect long-standing law barring federal aid for abortions except for cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger. Party leaders saw that approach as crucial to winning the support of anti-abortion Democrats for the health care bill.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asked if they were working on an executive order, said simply: “Ask the president.”

It was unclear whether the strategy would win support from conservative Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., leader of abortion foes who are opposing the health bill unless tight restrictions are included.

Democratic leaders and Obama focused last-minute lobbying efforts on two groups of Democrats: 37 who voted against an earlier bill in the House and 40 who voted for it only after first making sure it would include strict abortion limits that now have been modified.

Leaders worked into Friday night attempting to resolve the dispute over abortion, and Saturday morning they were increasingly confident it would not scuttle the bill.

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said leaders are closing in on the votes to pass the bill and probably won’t need to give Stupak a vote on his language. “That’s the likely outcome,” he said.

Asked by reporters if she would allow a separate vote on abortion restrictions, Pelosi, D-Calif., seemed to rule it out. “Not on abortion, not on public option, not on single payer, not on anything,” she responded. Pelosi met Saturday with three undecided lawmakers who are part of Stupak’s group. Eight Democrats joined him Friday co-sponsoring a resolution to “correct” the Senate bill by inserting stronger language.

Pelosi met separately with three anti-abortion Democrats – Reps. Kathy Dahlkemper and Chris Carney of Pennsylvania, and Steven Driehaus of Ohio. All three had voted in November for Stupak’s strict limits on abortion funding.

*EDIT* A friend informed me that this is NOT an abortion - and told me to google Samuel Armas. Either way; denying that this is a living child is just plain idiocy.

Along with eight Democrats and one Republican as co-sponsors, Stupak had introduced a resolution Friday that would insert his abortion restrictions as a “correction” to the underlying bill. That would add new complications to the already complex strategy Democrats are pursuing to pass the bill, requiring additional votes on a highly charged issue. Abortion opponents are divided over whether restrictions on taxpayer funding for abortion already in the bill go far enough.

The House Rules Committee worked through the day Saturday to set the terms for the vote. Democratic leaders dropped plans to “deem and pass” the bill with a vote simply on the rule, a procedure used by both parties but one that has been widely criticized for legislation as massive as health care overhaul.

“This process corrupts and prostitutes the system,” said Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, pleading with the Rules Committee head, Rep. Louise Slaughter, to allow separate votes on the underlying Senate bill and the fixes….

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