“Staunch anti-abortion Democrats want explicit language barring any new sources of federal funding for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or when a woman’s life is in danger.
Some were upset this summer when the House Energy and Commerce Committee included a provision in its bill that would permit certain abortion services to be provided, though federal funding would be strictly limited.
There was no clear indication that issue had been resolved Thursday, but Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., who described himself as a “pro-life Democrat,” said “dialogue is ongoing, and I can’t imagine this will kill comprehensive health care reform.”
Immigration could prove thornier. While there’s general agreement that illegal aliens should not be eligible for public coverage or government aid, there’s controversy about how the government would verify one’s immigration status.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., a top Pelosi lieutenant, said that the issue could be resolved. “It will be clear we don’t want subsidies going to people who are here illegally,” he said.
Democratic leaders voiced confidence that all issues would be resolved in the next few days.”