At some point, negotiators will have to take another crack at this, for a final bill that would go before the House and Senate, a point clearly noted by Stupak.
"I look forward to working with members of the House, Senate and the Obama Administration to find common ground on this issue and draft language that guarantees continuation of current law of no public funding for abortion, " Stupak added.
This is just one of the issues that will confront negotiators. Another big one will be how to pay for health care reforms, as the House and Senate have very different solutions.
If enough Democrats stick with Stupak in the House, the abortion issue could well tip the scales against the White House.
We'll see. This will be one of the big issues in House-Senate negotiations, but most of the people who are pro-life will not be at the table.