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Key Dem Senators Say Stupak Abortion Amendment Goes Too Far

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He went on, "I think that the Stupak amendment does not do that. The Stupak amendment tries to advance a particular view and I think it's regrettable and I would certainly prefer a bill that does not include the Stupak amendment."

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)--two pro-choice legislators with different public postures on the issue of abortion--both agree that adding Stupak-like language to the Senate bill will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, due to a likely 60-vote threshold.

But Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) told TPMDC yesterday that if at the end of the day the Senate health care bill does not include restrictive language along the lines of the Stupak amendment, he will join a filibuster to kill it.

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