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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Axelrod Claims Obama will remove abortion funding ban, Congressman Stupak says, "not so fast!"

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Congressman Bart Stupak, whose amendment to ban abortion funding from the House health care bill, has seen President Barack Obama's call and raised him. He says if Obama makes good on his threat to remove the ban in conference committee that he will effectively kill the health care bill. Stupak is commenting on a claim by White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod that Obama would intervene to remove the abortion funding ban. "They're not going to take it out. If they do, health care will not move forward," Stupak told Fox News today. "We won fair and square. ... That's why Mr. Axelrod's not a legislator. He doesn't really know what he's talking about," Stupak added. Stupak referenced the approximately 40 pro-life and other Democrats who voted for his amendment who, he said beforehand, would have voted against the bill had it contained the massive abortion funding.He said he has "at least 10 to 15 to 20" votes against the health care bill without the abortion funding prohibition in place. Those members, he said, would oppose the bill on final passage in the House after the conference committee if the Stupak amendment is removed. "The majority has spoken. Most people agree -- do not use public funds for abortion," he told Fox News

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