In the very near future, the fate of President Obama’s healthcare bill will be determined by the U.S. Congress.  And the issue of abortion could determine whether or not the bill passes.

In November, Congressman Bart Stupak got an amendment added to the House healthcare bill that barred federal funds from being used for abortion.  In response to this action, 64 pro-life Democrats voted for the final bill who, without that language, otherwise would have voted against the overall measure.  Then, the Senate followed suit and inserted language that, while not exactly the same as Stupak’s, was acceptable to a number of pro-life Democratic Senators.  

On the Sunday talk shows, however, both sides of the issue were debating whether the final healthcare bill contains language that would allow people receiving government subsidized healthcare to obtain an abortion. 

For example, this morning, Rep. Jason Altmire said that there is a block of Democrats who voted for the Stupak amendment who now say they will not vote for the final bill unless they tighten the abortion language that’s in the Senate bill.  Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) said that the Democrats were continuing to work on Stupak.

This one is going to come down to the wire…