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. Debbie

    baby murders in control of our country!

    March 20, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Tyrone

    She just sealed the bills faith. The pro life dems wont bend.

    March 20, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Mike in MN

    Some new interesting numbers from a Rasmussen poll on Obamacare.
    56% are opposed to the 500 billion in Medicare cuts.
    54% are opposed to the tax on Cadillace plans.
    55% are opposed to the abortion funding.
    57% believe Obamacare will hurt the economy.
    81% believe it will cost a lot more than the CBO estimates and will increase the deficits.
    60% support measuers like covering those with pre-existing conditons, not dropping coverage on those who get sick and subsidies for the poor.
    There is no change in support before voters are told of all the measures in Obamacare and after they have been told. It remains 53% opposed and 43% for.
    People know what is in the bill and a majority simply equate that the bad in it outweighs the good. Kill the bill!!

    March 20, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Fred in Houston

    What does abortion rights have to do with government funded abortion? Is the government supposed to pay for every mistake we all make? Is there no personal accountability or responsibility left in this country? Stand on your own two feet women! Stop whining because the government won't pay for your abortions.

    March 20, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Weekend visitor here

    We want ABSOLUTELY NO taxpayer funding of abortions. Its against
    our religion. No "if's, buts, or anything."

    March 20, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Selina

    desgraciada ~ bruja ~ piojosa ~ sin verguenza

    March 20, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. harold

    Stupak is Stupak......... just that....ain't he?.. By the way does he have health insurance for himself and his family?

    March 20, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Cathy

    There just are no words to describe how I feel about this woman and how more than half of the people in the country feel about her. All I can hope for is Karma.

    March 20, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Monster Zero

    If only Nancy's mother could have aborted, oh to think of the benefit to humanity that would have been!

    March 20, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. tallis

    Life is not black and white people

    March 20, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Independant

    Obviously, these women want to be able to kill unborn children. Who doesn't get this??

    March 20, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. rdepontb

    Representative Stupak cannot hold up the Congress, or the American public, for his petty interpretation of something he doesn't like or "approve" of. This is not a one-man show-if anything, this is a woman's issue, not his to concern himself with at all, no way, NO.

    If he wants to hold up health care for his own pride, then let him face the consequences. If he wants to join the great majority of his compatriots, he is welcomed to. No more special deals, to anyone, on anything. Period. Politicizing childbirth is waaayyyy beyond the pale, sir.

    March 20, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Tony

    It just boggles the mind at how stupid our politicians are. The law is plain and clear. Federal funds are not to be used for abortion, which is a LEGAL procedure by the way. How absurd that he's going to help kill all of the good reforms in the bill over this stupid one that's non-existent.

    March 20, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Toni Bee

    Nancy Pelosi can't have everything she wants like a little spoiled
    child. I hope the bill does not pass and they have to start over again
    like the people want. It's our tax money that they are wasting.
    I will love the day when Nancy Pelosi will be out of the politics.

    March 20, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Eric

    People of California and Nevada should be ashamed voting
    Pelosi and Reid into office. They want to destroy America.

    March 20, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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