March 20th, 2010
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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. MsDp

    That's it girls, stand your ground. Stupak should keep his nose out of women's affairs. In fact all of the male species should back off. After all we have heard from the NUNS who agree with the language in the bill. Stupak, only wants stardom, and attention. If he cared about any thing outside of that, then he would have kept his idealogy out of health care and really voted on the concerns surrounding health care reform. Abortion issues should be left to the woman and her God; not her senator, her representative, and in some cases not even her Man(husband). So move on girls, move on.

    March 20, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Hendrik

    Good for the ladies. No more compromising with the Republicans and with Republicans Light such as Stupid – oops Stupak. Let's play Hardball.

    March 20, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. Dianne IL

    Too bad they can't leave abortion out of it. Ending a life is not health care and I should not have to subsidize it through my tax dollars. I want sensible health care reform. I think this current Congress is going to blow it.

    March 20, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Ohio Dem

    They are going to trick these poor democrats into voting for it with the promise of the "fix-it" bill. Unfortunately, that "fix-it" bill will fail in the Senate and they will have voted for this monstrosity as it is. Then their butt will be on the line during their next election. So sad...

    No to mention that I just found out the IRS will be the main enforcement body in this bill. They will have to confirm your insurance on a monthly basis and make sure it is up to the "governments standard" of care, whatever that is. If not, prepare for fines. Also, this bill will allow companies to increase your insurance rates if you are overweight or have other issues. READ THE BILL, don't blindly follow!!!

    March 20, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Robert

    The man is an idiot... Everyone knows the language in both bills completely prohibit federal funding of abortion. What he is trying to do is prohibit women from buying private insurance with their own funds.

    No matter how you stand on the issue, it's wrong to try and force your beliefs on everyone else by holding hostage legislation that would help millions of people get healthcare.

    The man should be taken to a woodshed and have some sense beaten into him.

    March 20, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    All insurance companies cover abortions so by voting no means you're in agreement with insurance companies because there lies the real problem. DO THEY THINK WE ARE ALL STUPID.

    March 20, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. Judy Miami Fl

    Enough is enough – Stupak is just another man trying to control women. He should keep his beliefs to himself & NOT IMPOSE THEM ON OTHERS – I wonder how he'd feel if we (woman) mandated he have a vasectomy? There is such a thing as separation of church & state in America. Doesn't he know that there is already a law which prohibits federal funding for abortion, which is unfortunate as low income women suffer the most. Just do this and get it over –

    March 20, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Charles W. Skinner

    Well, that should put Rep. Stupak's Dozen or so lawmakers into the "guaranteed no" category. Either that, or they can be guaranteed to be looking for a new job come January. Each of those Representatives is from a Conservative district, and the Catholic and Pro-Life vote in those districts is very large. They will give money to opponents and vote against each and every one of these Reps on principal, and it will be sufficient to crush them in their re-election campaigns.

    March 20, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. DaveF

    Someone should take a "baseball bat" to Stupak & bang some sense into him. He doesn't care about the living thousands that will die from lack of health insurance, the seniors who will die not being able to afford their medications, those who will go bankrupt due to medical bills ond on and on. I don't want to swear on this message but I hope Stupak gets the most painful form of Cancer and dies a slow, lingering painful death.

    March 20, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Andrea

    These people, our leaders are a bunch of egotistical, camera hogging,
    spotlight seeking, do not care for anyone but their selves, greedy, lying, unfeeling and uncaring people. America is doomed and there isn't anything we can do about it. No-one can stand up against a whole government without extreme consequences.

    March 20, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Perusing-through


    Very few districts desperately need healthcare reform like Stupak's district. Yet this fool continues trying to turn healthcare reform into an anti-abortion bill.

    He knows very well that there are no special provisions for abortion in the bill. The bill does not enhance, modify, or change abortion laws that are already on the books.

    Stupak is an arrogant idiot.

    March 20, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Baronne Israel, ADU

    Rep STUPAC, Abortion is women's issue, stay away from and please give birth every single time you're pregnant. How about STUPAK TRIBE.

    March 20, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Vic of New York

    I read the news of how Bart Stupack is against the healthcare bill but refuses to take into consideration of the thousands of nuns who are siding for it.

    He claims he listens to the "Bishops". I can't help but wonder how he prefers to take his direction from the "Catholic Counsel of Pedophiles"

    "Slapping" went on ALL the time when I was at Cardinal Spellman HS in the Bronx. More egregious was "Bother Bernie", who liked to patrol the locker rooms right about the time the boys were taking showers. At St. Anselm school, one priest was into teaching "Yoga" to alter boys. After taking them to a back room where the band equipment was stored, he'd suggest that it would be a "better experience" if the boys stripped naked first.

    This seems to be Bart Stupack's guiding framework. Hmmmm.

    March 20, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. worriedmom

    Queen Pelosi has no heart! And it is an embarassment that she calls herself a Catholic! I would love to be their judgment day for you Madame Speaker on explaining why you did what you did to your fellow man.
    The woman sold her soul for power. Hopefully we will only have 7 more months of her and get on with undoing the damage that she and King Harry has done. could you take Obama along with you also!

    March 20, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. frank

    Stupak should change his name back to Simpson.

    March 20, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. SurferGuy

    Mr. President, THANK YOU. Let's keep the ball rolling!

    March 20, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Sunny

    Why in the world do Democrats want to include abortion coverage in this health reform bill? Don't they know that we need all the babies we can get so that when they grow up they can become soldiers? Don't they know that if it comes down to it we will need all the bodies we can get to fight the Chinese? What a bunch of bull and from lifers...why don't they protest war?

    March 20, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Mark

    I hate to be so rude, but Pelosi is an IDIOT!

    March 20, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Unbelievable

    These crazy idiots better not fund abortion. Just because a woman has the right to choose to do that it doesn't mean we should pay for it. Take it out of the bill.

    March 20, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. 8 Years of “trickle down economics” has only left a wet spot on our shoes!

    Stupak, just another freakin' "christian" that is willing to save a zygote only for it to grow up and be cannon fodder in an elective religious war.

    Go Nancy, tell him STFU!

    March 20, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Sure, why vote on anything. Just declare whatever you want Nancy. After all it's the Democratic Party way. Can anyone explain how a party that is anything BUT democratic got that name?

    March 20, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Republicans are Repugnant Taliban

    Stupak just needs to get over himself, there is already language in the reform act to protect against monies being paid for abortions but NO, it is not his wording so he stands against it. This is all to get his name in headlines and get publicity, not for a stance against abortions and this clown deserves to be voted out of office this next election and be forced to go find a real job for a change. It is clowns like this who make it so hard to get anything of substance done in this country and it is clowns like this who have no place in our government. Get a clue Michigan, reel in your clown and send someone to Congress who isn't just worried about their own publicity, we do not need publicity hounds in government, we need people who get things done for the people. Stupak, you are nothing but a publicity hogging clown!

    March 20, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. ed

    Somebody please stop this Nightmare from passing!

    March 20, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. leonardofru

    I would like to thank CNN for its unwavering support of this bill to nationalize the healthcare system of the U.S. From your unbridled enthusiaism of Obama's candidacy, to your support of Speaker Pelosi's efforts, to your hard work to not portray Acorn in a negative light.. All of your efforts will never be forgotten by the majority of the American people.

    March 20, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. Bob Ramos

    This is a no brainer on Peloski's part. Stupak can only speak for himself and his "phamtom" followers whereas Woolsey and Edwards are two votes and also speak for an unknown number of followers.

    I very much question Stupak's abortion position. He has to have some other adgenda in mind. I have read the pertinent passage and it does forbid using federal funds for abortion. It does say that if anyone does wish insurance covering abortion they would have to pay for it outside of the bill. Any reasonable person can come to the same conclusion.

    March 20, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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