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A new Rasmussen poll finds that 53 percent of Americans want to see an abortion ban included in any Obamacare bill, should one emerge from Congress after a few rounds of ping pong. This is good news for Rep. Bart Stupak, the Michigan Democrat who has been leading the pro-life fight in the House. Remember what he told us last month:

On abortion, Stupak says that the language of the health-care bill must be crystal clear. “There cannot be, in any way, public funding for abortion,” says Stupak. “What the Nelson compromise does is recognize abortion for the first time as a benefit in a federal health plan. It mandates that at least one plan has abortion coverage. Those are drastic changes to the current law.”

“President Obama needs to keep current law in place, as he said he would,” says Stupak. “The polls show that the public doesn’t want public funding for abortion. If the president really wants to work with us, he has to recognize this.” And remember, Stupak adds, that the probable Christmas Eve passage of the Senate bill doesn’t mean much. “The House is a whole different ball game.”

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