Pelosi says ‘no deal’ to abortion opponents

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Saturday that she will not cut a deal with a group of anti-abortion Democrats to include tighter restrictions on abortion funding in the final health care bill, suggesting that she believes she has enough votes to pass the legislation without them.

Pelosi told Fox News that there will be no vote on a separate bill adding abortion restrictions championed by Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich. to the final legislation.

Earlier Saturday, members of the House Rules Committee, which began deliberations that will set the terms for Sunday’s expected vote in the full House, told Fox News that no changes would be made to the abortion funding restrictions contained in the Senate version of the bill.

Stupak, who has led the charge to include in the final bill tougher anti-abortion language passed last November by the House, postponed a Saturday morning news conference in which he was expected to announce a deal with Pelosi.

Stupak’s office told Fox News that the news conference was postponed due to “scheduling issues,” not because there was a breakdown in abortion talks.

A spokeswoman for Stupak added, “discussions are continuing.”

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