An Executive Order on Abortion?

| Sat Mar. 20, 2010 5:51 PM EDT

President Barack Obama is considering issuing an executive order on abortion as part of a last-ditch bid to convince members of Rep. Bart Stupak's anti-abortion bloc to vote for the Democrats' health care reform package. Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the Democrat in charge of "whipping" members to vote for the bill, told reporters on Saturday that while he hadn't yet read the proposed order, he was hopeful it might change some minds. "I understand the language is being read by various people," Clyburn said. 

The wording of the order is, of course, crucial. And it may not be enough to flip Stupak.

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