Cantor says that pro-life Democrats who voted for Stupak "could be in play" if Senate negotiators remove the Stupak provisions from the final bill. Rep. Bart Stupak's (D-MI) amendment, co-authored with Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) would prohibit private insurers from offering abortion coverage in plans available to low-income people through the so-called government health care exchange.
Cantor writes that although the GOP was unable to stop the bill until now, there's hope in the House that existing Democratic opposition could increase once the final bill is in place.
"If we can convince enough of these 37 Members (along with the 39 Democrats who already voted no) to reconsider and switch their position on the bill," Cantor writes, "I know that we can defeat this government take-over of our health care before it becomes law."
Read Cantor's full memo here.