Rep. Bart Stupak just announced that President Obama will sign an executive order on abortion language after the bill is voted on today in the House.
"I've always supported health-care reform," Stupak said at a press conference. "There was a principal that meant more to us than anything, and that was the sanctity of life."
He said he believes the Democrats had enough votes to pass the bill before he agreed to vote for it. Stupak led a House effort to bar funding for abortion in health care legislation, but the House is considering the Senate's version of the bill.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been in negotiations with Stupak to discuss specific restrictions on abortion funding in the bill, but she said no amendments would be considered.
Here's a statement from Family Research Council President Tony Perkins:
"Pro-life lawmakers would be making a serious mistake to trust those who have repeatedly attempted to mislead the American people into believing that abortion is not in the bill," Perkins said. "The President could also lift such an executive order at any time with a stroke of a pen."
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser also issued a statement:
The very idea is a slap in the face to the pro-life movement and should be offensive to all pro-life Members of Congress," she said. "The courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders."
SBA launched a $250,000 television ad campaign in the districts of six pro-life Democrats.
Update: Dannenfelser told Politico that the group was set to give Stupak the group's "Defender of Life" award, but "we’re going to be working hard to see who we can find to run against him.”
“In a completely cynical move, they have made this bill passable and each of them are going to pay individually," she said. "And that’s what we do. That’s what we love to do is unelect people who say they're for life and then completely betray the movement.”
Richard Doerflinger of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released the following statement:
"The statutory mandate construed by the courts would override any executive order or regulation," Doerflinger said. "This is the unanimous view of our legal advisors and of the experts we have consulted on abortion jurisprudence. Only a change in the law enacted by Congress, not an executive order, can begin to address this very serious problem in the legislation.”
The text of the executive order on abortion language from the White House is below.