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Sunday showdown

"Sunday showdown" Continued...

One area that has not been tweaked is the controversial abortion provision in the Senate healthcare bill. Pelosi on Friday again confirmed that Congress would not address the abortion issue. The bill fails to prohibit federal funds from going to plans that cover elective abortions. It also increases, by $2.5 billion, funding for community health centers but does not prohibit those centers from using these dollars to offer elective abortions.

Rep. Bart Stupak, a pro-life Michigan Democrat, continues to assert he is one of a dozen House Democrats who will oppose the bill because of the abortion issue-a key reason why Pelosi remains shy of her 216 votes with 48 hours to go.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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