Pro-life Democrats have reached a deal with President Obama to ensure that no taxpayer money goes to abortion services, Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., who led Democratic lawmakers opposed to the Senate bill, said Sunday about an arrangement that appeared to cement passage of the massive insurance overhaul.
Stupak made the announcement surrounded by a handful of Democratic lawmakers who had held out their "yes" votes on the bill set for a vote on Sunday. The swing means a movement by as many as a dozen Democrats who had said they wanted stronger restrictions on abortion funding in the 10-year, $870 billion legislation.
"I'm pleased to announce that we have an agreement, and it's with the help of the president and the speaker we were able to come to an agreement to protect the sanctity of life in the health care reform. There will be no public funding for abortion in this legislation," Stupak said.
Stupak announced support for the bill as the White House issued its statement about the executive order.
The president "will be issuing an executive order after the passage of the health insurance reform law that will reaffirm its consistency with longstanding restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion," reads the statement from White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer.
Barring a last-minute miracle (where's Doug Flutie when you really need him?) all signs are a go for ObamaCare and Barack Obama, second term or no second term, has achieved his legacy.