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   Stupak: Anti-abortion groups 'used me as best chance to kill healthcare'
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AuthorTony Romm
News DateSaturday, March 27, 2010 03:45:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionRep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) on Saturday criticized pro-life groups who he said "rallied behind me... because they viewed me as their best chance to kill healthcare legislation."

Stupak last week voted in affirmation of Democrats' healthcare bill, even though the legislation's ban on federal dollars from funding abortions was not as strict as the amendment he proposed in the early days of debate. But while his decision to accept the Senate's approach has earned him the fiery scorn of countless pro-life groups, Stupak stressed in an op-ed published in The Washington Post this weekend that his actions have nonetheless protected the "sanctity of life."

"Once it was clear that the House leadership would eventually obtain the 216 votes necessary to pass health-care reform, I was left with a choice: Vote against the bill and watch it become law with no further protections for life or reach an agreement that prevents federal funding for abortions," the congressman said.
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