Greg Sargent has obtained a working copy of a letter in which 41 House Democrats pledge to vote against a health care bill that includes the Stupak amendment that would prevent taxpayer dollars from funding abortion. The 41 Democratic "no" votes could be sufficient to block final passage of any health care bill. The problem for Nancy Pelosi is that without the pro-life language, the bill would not have passed on Saturday night. The abortion issue is now causing a civil war within Democratic ranks, and has emerged as one of the biggest obstacles to getting health care legislation passed.
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