Writing in The Hill, Rep. Bart Stupak (D, Mich.) says he is not opposed to health care reform even though he is vigorously fighting to ensure that there will be no public funding of abortion. But this leaves the door open to Stupak and perhaps his pro-life colleagues in the Democratic Party supporting the eventual reform bill even if it does permit direct or indirect public funding of abortion:
I have not made unreasonable demands. I have simply asked that there be a straight up-or-down vote on my amendment reflective of current laws. If we had a clean vote on this amendment and lost, I could accept that. My pro-life colleagues and I simply want, and deserve, a chance to vote our conscience.
He needs to be unequivocal: not one taxpayer penny for abortion.