Saying the bill cannot change the status quo regarding the ban on federally funded abortions, the president said, "There are strong feelings on both sides" about an amendment passed Saturday and added to the legislation, "and what that tells me is that there needs to be some more work before we get to the point where we're not changing the status quo."Obama is also under the delusion that a health care bill can be crafted which will please both prolifers and pro-choicers.
In an exclusive television interview in the Map Room of the White House, Obama told ABC News' Jake Tapper that he was confident that the final legislation will ensure that "neither side feels that it's being betrayed."I don't see how it's possible to placate both side when one side believes abortion is a crucial part of health care and thinks it should be treated no different than any other service.
"I want to make sure that the provision that emerges meets that test -- that we are not in some way sneaking in funding for abortions, but, on the other hand, that we're not restricting women's insurance choices," he said.
If you create a public plan which pays for or subsidizes the health care of millions of Americans, abortion is going to be paid for either wholly or partially (through subsidies) with public funds or it's not. The Stupak amendment makes sure it's not.