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Stupak Likely To Vote For Health Bill, Executive Order On Abortion Pending

Various news outlets reporting that Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), and a group of anti-abortion lawmakers, will likely vote for the health care bill after agreeing to support an executive order reaffirming current law on abortion coverage.

Watch MSNBC’s coverage:

While it’s unclear what the executive order will say, some pro-choice sources close to the negotiations are suggesting that Obama will reaffirm the Senate language — ensuring that public dollars don’t fund non Hyde abortions — without going any further in restricting access. In other words, the order would likely recognize current law without codifying the Hyde amendment.

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Significantly, the promise of an executive order also protects Democrats from losing several pro life votes to a Republican motion to recommit on abortion.