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Stupak Sticks To His Guns, Blames Liberals For Abortion Amendment


Given this history, and given that his amendment passed, he won't accept any weaker language going forward.

"No, we're going with current law," Stupak said. "If current law is a class divide, then they must conclude that current law is too."

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) says Stupak's amendment netted the health care bill about 10 votes. Stupak is saying he'll vote no on the final bill if his language is weakened or stripped, but it will fall to leadership to make sure that they can keep that handful of members on board for the final vote.

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