Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) pledged on Tuesday that he would kill health care reform legislation if his anti-abortion amendment is taken out.
"They're not going to take it out," Stupak said on Fox News. "If they do, health care will not move forward ... We won fair and square."
Asked about a comment from White House senior adviser David Axelrod this weekend suggesting that the language should be adjusted, Stupak was dismissive. "That is why Mr. Axelrod is not a legislator," he said. "He doesn't really know what he is talking about."
Stupak said 10 to 20 Democrats would join him in voting against the bill if his language was stripped out. The amendment would bar any insurance plan that is purchased with government subsidies from covering abortions.
On "The Rachel Maddow Show" Monday night, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said that the language restricting abortion would not be in the Senate health care bill.
"I don't think that it's a threat at all," Brown said on MSNBC. "There aren't more than four or five Democratic senators that I would say are anti-choice. There are at least, I think, two Republican senators who are pro-choice."