Pro-life Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) says he has enough votes to bring down health care reform if language specifically prohibiting funding of abortion is not adopted by the House.
In order to bring health care reform up for a vote, the House must agree to rules on what amendments can be brought up for debate when the bill is considered on the House floor. Stupak says that if the rule does not allow for his amendment to prohibit federal funds from being directed to plans that cover abortion, he will block the bill.
“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,” Stupak stated flatly.
Congresswoman Slaughter, who runs the House Rules Committee, has told Stupak that there is “no way” his amendment will be considered.