Pelosi Shuts Down Talk of Abortion Vote
WASHINGTON - Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has put the kibosh on Rep. Bart Stupak's (D-Mich.) push for another vote on his anti-abortion amendment to the health care reform package.
Pelosi told reporters on Saturday there will be no separate votes on any proposed changes to the package at this point: "Not on abortion, not on public option, not on single payer, not on anything," she said.
Democratic leaders have been in talks with Stupak about a complicated procedure that would give him a vote on his language but likely result in the Senate's less stringent abortion language still becoming law. But abortion-rights supporters have vigorously resisted any accommodation to Stupak and his allies - a critical bloc of votes that leaders are courting to put the health package over the top.
It is not clear whether leaders are still in talks with Stupak to find another fix - through an executive order, for example - or believe they can muster a majority without his support. Stupak this morning postponed indefinitely an 11 a.m. press conference he had scheduled. And Pelosi signaled Democrats remain on track for a final vote Sunday.