On June 9, 2008, RH Reality Check’s Dana Goldstein queried,”The new anti-choice Democrats: Can we work with them?”
Well, certainly not right now.
I wrote last week that a bloc of 39 pro-life Democrats voted against taxpayer funded abortions in DC. Here was the final tally (click to enlarge):
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The Democrat co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, Bart Stupak, was reportedly furious at the chicanery undertaken by his leadership to pass that bill. The silver lining, as told to me, was the Democrat pro-life caucus had grown stronger and more tenacious because of it….


Yesterday at a pro-life press conference, Stupak appeared confident in his united bloc. Reported Talk Radio News Service:

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) said that he expects at least 39 House Democrats to vote against the bill if it does not explicitly exclude abortion from being funded by taxpayer dollars.”We cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government defined or subsidized health care plan,” said Stupak.

After the press conference Stupak reiterated to CBS News he had “a minimum of 39.”
At that same press conference, Republican Pro-Life Caucus co-chair Joe Pitts stated he was unaware of any Republicans who planned to vote for the healthcare plan.
The numbers?

178 Republicans + 39 pro-life Democrats = 217
256 Democrats – 39 pro-life Democrats = 217

It’s thatclose.
The Weekly Standard reported yesterday between 54-69 Democrats oppose the House healthcare plan right now. The Democrat pro-life bloc is the most vital component.
Democrat pro-life congresspersons need our support. They are under tremendous pressure. A source told me House Democrat Majority Leader Steny Hoyer was seen apoplectically reeming pro-life Dems after the DC vote.