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Meaning of Stupak

A friend e-mails:

First, it locks in 64 Dems on this precise pro-life language. Second, major defeat for Speaker Pelosi who tried to siphon off support for Stupak with an undermining amendment by Rep. from Indiana. Right off the bat, puts Senate Dems behind the eight ball on the life issue. If Senate does pass a bill and Conference tries to eliminate this provision, the 64 Dems will have to decide do they maintain continuity with their first, principled vote, or do they …not. Finally, Dem Members have heard from their districts–and were paying attention to the VA and NJ elections even if the WH was not. It is going to come as a huge surprise to Dem elites across the country that a strong pro-life majority exists in the House.

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