The Stupak-Pitts Amendment is sponsored by Democrat Bart Stupak of Michigan and Republican Joseph Pitts of Pennsylvania and what is does is create language in the health care government takeover bill which not allow any federal monies in the plan to be used for abortion procedures.
At this point in time, as debate on government run health care is taking place and now as they specifically discuss the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, Democrat after Democrat are coming to the floor of the House and opposing it. A few though have stated that if this amendment is passed, they will vote for the bill. These few are the Democrats who passage of the bill hinges on and it seems apparent that they will not get they want. It should be noted that if they do not go what they want, neither will Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Obama.
Earlier in what was perhaps the most ingenious maneuver of the debate yet, House Republican Leader John Boehner asked a very important question. Congressman George Miller, the Chairnman of the House Committee on Education and Labor who stood to start dispensing time to those Democrats who could offer their remarks in the debate. As he did Boehner asked him the following. Will you assure me that in committee you will support the Stupak Amendment and its passage? After trying to dodge the question, Miller finally stated that he can not make such an assurance.
This successfully allowed those Democrats whose votes the government health care takeover hinges on, to be more reluctant to support the bill.
Following that, as more and more Democrats angrily denounced the Stupak-Pitts Amendment and declared their opposition to it, House Democrats voted to delay any further on the Stupak-Amendment. What this could come down to is a standoff that will ultimately kill liberal attempts to have the government micromanage health care and insurance. A vast majority of Democrats are so opposed to saving the lives of the unborn that they will actually allow what they call one of the most important pieces of legislation in our nation’s history to fail.
For live streaming video coverage of the health care debate before its scheduled vote visit C-Span here.