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Stupak, allies declare support for bill

From NBC's Mark Murray
Flanked by half a dozen other anti-abortion congressional Democrats, Rep. Bart Stupak (D) announced he would vote for the health-care bill, after the White House said President Obama will sign -- after the bill becomes law -- an executive order affirming that no federal funds will be used for abortions under the legislation. 

The support from Stupak and the other pro-life Democrats all but ensures that the legislation will pass later tonight. "We are well past 216," Stupak said during the Q&A with reporters.

Right before Stupak's announcement, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer issued a release, saying: "While the legislation as written maintains current law, the executive order provides additional safeguards to ensure that the status quo is upheld and enforced, and that the health care legislation's restrictions against the public funding of abortions cannot be circumvented."