First, from Kathryn Lopez at National Review Online this morning:
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This Is what the White House and Nancy Pelosi are hearing in their left ear. From the abortion lobby…. NARAL president issues the following statement…

Pro-choice Americans stand strongly alongside our allies in Congress who are resisting Mr. Stupak’s outrageous last-minute attempts to hijack health-reform legislation. The public has grown tired of this unnecessary drama and wants to see Congress move forward with a bill that is not tainted with Stupak-like provisions. Negotiations with Mr. Stupak are a non-starter for NARAL Pro-Choice America and pro-choice women and men across this country.
If …
1) Dems don’t have the House votes.
2) Stupak is insisting on the Senate voting on any abortion “fix” – enrollment corrections bill – first, which is the only guarantee it is real.
3) The feminists are screaming.
4) The WH/Pelosi have nothing compelling to offer to get a) the feminists to hush up and b) enough of the Democratic caucus in the Senate to sign onto whatever Stupak asked for.
…. this all could be falling apart for Barack Obama right now.
Whatever happens, this is remarkable – 1) Yes, that the WH/etc. is so condescending toward the will of the people here. But also that 2) with all their power in Washington, the WH/Pelosi find themselves in this situation – having to make some pro-life Democrat from MI satisfied – in late March 2010.

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Pro-choice members of the House are in revolt tonight, threatening to kill the health care bill after Nancy Pelosi agreed to give Bart Stupak a vote on a concurrent resolution which would tie his language on abortion to the Senate bill and substitute it for the Nelson language.
Marcia Pappas, President of New York Now, released an open letter encouraging the women in Congress to oppose the deal:
March 19, 2010
An open letter to every woman in Congress:
Today, women in the United States are fighting for their lives. You must fight too! A woman’s right to have safe and legal abortion is about to be traded away.
We are asking all of you fight like you have never fought before. Tonight, It has become clear that the our Democratic President Obama, Democratic Speaker of the House (Nancy Pelosi) and Democratic Leader (Harry Reid) are trading away women’s lives.
Every woman in Congress should MAKE HISTORY AND WALK OUT ! This is your chance to stand up for what is right! Forget politics, forget saving your seat! You must take a chance!
If you sit back and allow the passage of the health care bill with “Stupak,” women in America will not vote for another Democrat…..myself included. Because there will essentially be no difference between the Democrats and the Republicans.
What will it be? Will you all go down in history following the boys, or will you finally stand up for what is right? It’s up to all of you. We elected you because we believed that having women at the table would make a difference. Don’t let us down.
Marcia A. Pappas

According to The Hill, “were the resolution to pass the House, it would instruct the Senate clerk to change the healthcare bill to reflect Stupak’s more restrictive language to prohibit federal dollars from going toward abortion coverage.”
There were 41 members of Congress who signed Diana DeGette’s letter saying “we will not vote for a conference report that contains language that restricts women’s right to choose any further than current law.” Although the language in the Senate bill most certainly goes way beyond current law, the members have thus far stayed silent and DeGette has not released the names on the letter.
Jan Schakowsky, Mike Capuano, Mike Quigley, Carolyn Maloney, Judy Chu and Louise Slaughter have publicly said that they signed the letter. Betsy Markey and Anne Kirkpatrick are also signatories.

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