[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/04/art.stupak.0222.gi.jpg caption="Rep. Bart Stupak said Thursday he will vote no on health care reform if abortion language is not altered."]Washington (CNN) - Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak says he will bring down the final health care bill if abortion language isn't modified.
In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Stupak said he wants to see health care reform pass, but that some of the provisions in the Senate bill are unacceptable.
"The bill that they are using as the vehicle is the Senate bill. If you go to page 2069 through page 2078, you would find in there the federal government would directly subsidize abortions ... We're not going to vote for this bill with that kind of language in there."
The House narrowly passed its version of health care reform only after Stupak's abortion language was adopted.
When asked if he was willing to live with the consequences of bringing down the bill, Stupak said, "Yes, we're prepared to take responsibility. I mean, I've been catching it ever since last fall. I mean let's face it, I want to see health care. But we're not going to bypass some principles and beliefs that we feel strongly about."
Stupak is part of a larger coalition of House Democrats that favor modifying the Senate bill. When the House voted for health care reform, 64 Democrats voted for the Stupak amendment in a separate vote.
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