Waxman Disputes Stupak Comments on Abortion

One of the chief architects of the health care reform bill now moving through Congress is disputing what a fellow lawmaker alleged he said regarding how Democrats want to pay for federally-funded abortions.

Late last week, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) told a Michigan radio station that House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) told him “We want to pay for abortions.” Stupak is the author of a key amendment that prohibits the use of taxpayer money to cover abortion services in the health care reform measure.

Monday night, Waxman contested Stupak’s version of the events.

“It’s inaccurate,” Waxman said of Stupak’s assertion. “I thought he mischaracterized my position last week.”

In the radio interview, Stupak indicated that Waxman told him he thought the government “should” pay for abortions.

Waxman claims he said no such thing.

“I am not pushing a position on this health bill that would have the government pay for abortions,” Waxman said.

FOX was unsuccessful in locating Stupak for comment during a series of votes on the House floor Monday night. Also, senior House Democratic sources say Stupak did not attend a caucus meeting later that night in the Capitol complex.