March 20th, 2010
08:21 PM ET
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Pelosi: No separate abortion vote on health care

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there would be no separate vote on restricting taxpayer funding for abortion.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there would be no separate vote on restricting taxpayer funding for abortion.

Washington (CNN) – Just a day before the health care bill was expected to go up for a House vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Saturday there would
be no separate vote on restricting taxpayer funding for abortion.

"Not on abortion, not on abortion, not on public option, not on single payer, not on anything," Pelosi told CNN.

The speaker was responding to a question about a request by Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, for the House to vote on his language restricting taxpayer funding for abortion.

Stupak postponed a news conference Saturday, and did not immediately comment on the issue.

On Friday, he told CNN he was in talks with Pelosi, D-California.

"We had a good discussion with the speaker on the floor," said Stupak.

"But there was no agreement and there's no agreement until we see it in writing and we get a chance to massage it."

His call for a vote was staunchly opposed by a group of female abortion-rights Democrats who also met with Pelosi on Friday.

Reps. Lynn Woolsey, D-California, and Donna Edwards, D-Maryland, on Saturday said there would be no deal on Stupak's request, adding that they would bolt from the bill if such language were tied to it.

A senior Democratic source told CNN that party leaders are suggesting to Stupak that another option would be for the president to sign an executive order that would restate the long-standing ban on public funding for abortion.

When asked by a reporters whether such an order would mollify anti-abortion Democrats, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer responded, "I'm hopeful."


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  1. Lance

    All-or-nothing... yep, that's consistent. In her own words, she's not there to compromise. Not with Republicans, not with disobedient Democrats, not with ANYBODY.

    I suppose you have to at least acknowledge consistency. You always know where you stand, with Pelosi.

    March 20, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Dontbow

    When will people in America learn not to vote for demorats. Anything but this kind of government is better. It's again time for "change". A Bush administration would be way better, sadly. Now taxpayers will pay for condoms,abortions and healthcare for crackheads.

    March 20, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Just Me

    I am sick and tired of all these so called pro-life people and politicians. To be fair, there should be a law enacted by congress that goes like this:

    If you wish to have children, and you fail to pay child support, then you go to jail and while there get castrated surgically or chemically (your choice).

    I bet that would stop their madness, and they will be all too happy to endorse a womans right to choose.

    March 20, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Thanh

    I'm pro-choice, but we should not leave the possibility that taxpayer money will be used to fund abortions.

    Here's why: Once it's law, pro-lifers have no choice but to comply with their tax dollars. You're violating their freedom to religion, because once a single taxpayer penny is used for a procedure, people of faith have become complicit. This is dangerous and you give them every reason to rebel. Why should they pay taxes when the government has polluted their conscious?

    On the other hand, if you don't fund abortion, women still have a choice to fund it themselves. It won't violate their right to choose.

    March 20, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. ken

    wow, is she in charge o fthe white house or what! she acts as is if she were queen B.
    abortion will be allowed, Medicade and medicare still cost tax payers billions a year and add another govt sponsored program we will be working for the Chineese soon to pay off all this social agendas and the republic will be gone by this time next year. Didn't need Osama to destroy us or a single bomb. This generation of you and intitled will do it for them. USSR sounds like a good place to live. At least there they have a president (PM) with big ones....

    March 20, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. bob

    Cool now we have s nice divide to stop this crazy bill

    March 20, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. John in WV

    Speaker Pelosi has been around long enough to know that the republican party has no interest in health care reform or anything else that helps the middle class.

    March 20, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. mkielm

    Interesting argument that, should 32 million uninsured get health insurance through this bill, there would be fewer abortions since women would more likely have access to doctors and contraceptives.

    Wont satisfy the Stupak crowd, who really aren't interested in Jesus's calling for social justice. What is their real motive?

    March 20, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. ran

    Good for her on the abortion issue. I would have liked a vote on some kind of non-profit option; but maybe next time.

    I just hope the great people of Michigan do not reelect stupak because it is clear to me he only wanted to be elected so he could dictate his personal agenda of no abortions.

    March 20, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Leo Kuzmicki

    Why not taxpayer funded abortion? A little money spent today will save more in the future.
    Most of the opposition to abortion is from religious groups, and we do have seperation of church and state.
    Most of us do not like something that our tax money is being spent on. That is what you get with the compromise type of government we have.

    March 20, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Liberal wingnut

    Major gov't expansion, tax paid abortions, bankrupting America, doesn't get any better than this!

    March 20, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Laughing in Florida

    Sounds like she has enough votes to tell Stupak to Stuff-it.

    March 20, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Glenn Martin

    I was already a conservative but with what I see being rammed down our throats without representing the majority of our citizens' views, I plan to dedicate the rest of my life viciously throwing the Democrats out with my voice and wallet.

    March 20, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Jim

    I have read the language in the Senate bill and I just don't see what Bart Stupak is after. It does not give government money for abortion and specifically prohibits it. It sounds to me that he is try to scuttle the whole thing, which is exactly what his brothers in "The Family" want...

    March 20, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. N. Pelosi

    I have deemed it so.

    March 20, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. WDM

    I don't think Pelosi would have said that unless she knew she had the votes without Stupak.

    March 20, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Tayo

    These Democrats need to acts fast and right too to pass and get over this Health care stuff. Its time for Speaker Pelosi to rise to the occasion.

    Period!

    March 20, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. Mitch

    Pelosi should keep her mouth shut and let Obama do all the talking. He has single-handedly saved this bill – because if you leave it up to the Dems and they will most certainly screw everything up at the last minute by saying/doing something stupid.

    March 20, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. MishaJohn

    Good for Pelosi! For too long, she, Reid and Obama have been wasting their time chasing the votes of "Party of No" Republicans and stick-in-the-mud Democrats. Stupak overplayed his hand, and he's wrong on the substance, to boot. Sorry Bart, you don't get respect without giving some.

    March 20, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Alvaro in Chicago

    Lets use US tax dollars for something better than killing babies. This only promotes a culture of irresponsibility. Women gets unwanted pregnancy, then we all get to bail them out, just like we bailed out a slew of irresponsible companies these past two years. C'mon people lets get with it and demand better from our government and from ourselves.

    March 20, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. SocialismBad

    His call for a vote was staunchly opposed by and a group of female abortion-rights Democrats who also met with Pelosi on Friday.

    Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-California, and Donna Edwards, D-Maryland, on Saturday said there would be no deal on Stupak's request, saying they would bolt from the bill if such language is tied to it.

    ===============================================

    Well, that pretty much PROVES the Senate bill allows tax payer money to be used for abortions. All doubt has been removed...

    March 20, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. pitbull

    It's a shame that he and his fellow abortion opponents who will vote no on this bill have less compassion for the 30 million people without coverage who would gain it than they do for the unborn. Especially considering the language is satisfactory to a number of abortion foes who have decided that they will vote yes.Those who will vote no seem to be dwelling on fine points of language.

    It will be a major shame on these foes if the bill should be defeated because of their intransigence on this side issue.
    They forget this is a health bill, not an abortion bill.

    March 20, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Richie in Mass

    She is a horrible speaker. She says it's not about abortion, it's about healthcare. Fair enough. What about the Dr fix? That is healthcare yet you won't include it in the bill. Oh that's right. It will make the bill a run a defecit. So pass it without it and then vote on the fix. Then we still run a defecit. UGH!!! How dumb does she think AMericans are.

    March 20, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Justin

    I missed the part about the "stir" that it "caused"...

    March 20, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Obama the Pathological Liar

    HURRY November..

    March 20, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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