Are Democrats going to sink themselves?

November 9, 2009

So wait a second here…. Look at this

In a move that will intensify the coming war over how to treat abortion in the health care bill, more than three dozen House Dems have signed a letter to Nancy Pelosi firmly pledging to vote against the bill if it contains an anti-abortion amendment.

A source sends over a working copy of the letter without the signatories, and the source says it currently bears the signatures of 41 House Dems. They’re all vowing to vote No on a bill if it contains the Stupak amendment — enough to sink the bill:

As Members of Congress we believe that women should have access to a full range of reproductive health care. Health care reform must not be misused as an opportunity to restrict women’s access to reproductive health services.

The Stupak-Pitts amendment to H.R. 3962, The Affordable Healthcare for America Act, represents an unprecedented and unacceptable restriction on women’s ability to access the full range of reproductive health services to which they are lawfully entitled. We will not vote for a conference report that contains language that restricts women’s right to choose any further than current law.

That’s unequivocal, with no wiggle room. The Washington Post reported this morning that Rep. Diana DeGette had collected 40 signatures vowing a No vote, without noting the language of their vow or how this would be communicated.

Now we know — at least 41 House Dems are writing directly to Pelosi, telling her that they will not vote for anything “that contains language that restricts women’s right to choose any further than current law.”

I’m told that the letter is still being circulated for even more signatures, and I’ll bring you a list of signatories when I have it.

The Stupak amendment, of course, would sharply curtail the availability of abortions, which many insurance plans now offer, and was added in order to win the support of moderate Dems. That pro-choice Democrats are now drawing such a sharp line against the amendment will make the politics considerably more difficult going forward.

This means that the pro-choice wing of the Democrat crowd is willing to do battle against the pro-life Democrat crowd in the continuing healthcare debate. 41 Dems is enough to sink the bill, but these have to be some of the more far left Dems in line with the GOP even though they’ll stand opposite each other on abortion. It’s unbelievable that Dems are willing to sink their own bill over that they’ve already passed. Pelosi is going to have to do a lot of juggling and number crunching to make this one work. Will 41 Dems voting against the bill with the amendment be  more or less than those voting against the bill with out the amendment. I am interested in seeing what the pro-life democrats are going to do over this one.


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