Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) --
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.
commenting on a claim by White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod that
Obama would intervene
to remove the abortion funding ban.
not going to take it out. If they do, health care will not move forward,"
Stupak told Fox News today.
fair and square. ... That's why Mr. Axelrod's not a legislator. He doesn't
really know what he's talking about," Stupak added.
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.
members, he said, would oppose the bill on final passage in the House
after the conference committee if the Stupak amendment is removed.
majority has spoken. Most people agree -- do not use public funds for
abortion," he told Fox News.
not going to summarily start dismissing amendments which the majority of
the House of Representatives wanted because some person, David Axelrod or
someone, doesn't like it," the Michigan Democrat added.
lawmakers were divided on whether the votes would be present to defeat the
House bill without Stupak added.
Asked if the House would approve a conference report without the ban on
abortion funding, House Minority Leader John Boehner replied “I do not
But Rep. Diana DeGette, a Colorado Democrat who is the leading
pro-abortion member, said, "I think he won't have the votes when people
explain to those members what exactly the Stupak amendment does."
some of Stupak's original 40 members voted aganst the bill even with
Stupak -- although Stupak himself and Republican Rep. Anh Cao are yes
votes on the bill that would almost definitely change if Stupak were
Axelrod says that, because the Stupak amendment allegedly goes beyond the
status quo under the Hyde amendment (which bans abortion funding under
Medicaid), Obama will make sure the amendment is yanked during the
president has said repeatedly, and he said in his speech to Congress, that
he doesn't believe that this bill should change the status quo as it
relates to the issue of abortion," Axelrod said Sunday on CNN's State of
the Union program.
comments come after Obama's
own remarks which made it appear he would favor removing or weakening
the Stupak amendment.