The health care bill passed narrowly in the House when it included language to specifically block funds for abortions. However, the House may vote on the Senate-passed version of the bill, which did not include the same provisions. So, House Democrats who voted with a clear conscience knowing funds would not go to abortion may not have that luxury for the final vote.
Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI), the author of the amendment that excluded funds for abortions, said today on Good Morning America that he and eleven other Democrats will vote against the overhaul bill unless a provision subsidizing abortion is removed. His amendment passed with an overwhelming majority of 240-194 in November.
It is vital that Congress remember we govern with the consent of the governed. The American people have taken a position against taxpayer-funded abortions. Congress should do the same.