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The health care reform bill passed by the Senate on Christmas eve is dead on arrival in the House because it lifts a decades-old ban on federal funding for abortion services, pro-life House Democrats said Wednesday.

"Unless the language changes, there's at least 12 Democrats who have said they could not vote for health care unless we keep the current law, which says no public funding for abortion," Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., told Fox News.

If that number of "no" votes holds, it would be enough to halt heath care reform in the House.

The House bill contains a ban on tax-funded abortion, which has been the law of the land for more than 30 years.

The Senate bill is a big change, say critics. It would require women to have a separate private insurance policy if they want abortion coverage, but contains no explicit ban on tax-funded abortion as the House bill does. 

Since the abortion language arose an area of conflict last year, opposition to the Democratic overhaul has remained above 50 percent, occasionally flirting with 60 percent. Support has hovered around 40 percent.

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