Whip Count (No. 5 in a Series) – The Conundrum of the Antiabortion Democrats

Mar 3, 2010 6:13pm

On MSNBC’s “Hardball” today, Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., was asked if – as Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va. , indicated in a memo – there are roughly a dozen Members of Congress who voted for the Democrats’ health care reform bill with the more restrictive antiabortion language written by Stupak, who have told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., they there are unlikely to vote for the Senate bill with somewhat less restrictive language written by Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb.

The members of Congress Cantor cited are GOP Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao, R-Louisiana, who has already indicated he will vote against the Senate bill, and Democratic Reps. Jerry Costello of Illinois, Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania,  Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Steve Driehaus of Ohio, Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, Dale Kildee of Michigan, Dan Lipinski of Illinois, Jim Oberstar of Minnesota, Charlie Wilson of Ohio and Stupak himself.

Stupak said he hadn’t seen the list (and he was by remote so he couldn’t see what host Chris Matthews was referring to) “but it’s accurate to say there are at least 12 of us who voted for health care who have indicated to the leadership and others that unless you fix this abortion language we can’t vote for a final bill.”

-jpt

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