By Kathleen Gilbert

BEIJING, November 19, 2009 ( – In a rare interview with FOX news last night, President Obama dodged point-blank questioning concerning his position on the Stupak amendment in the health care bill.

The Stupak amendment, which was unexpectedly included in the final version of the House bill, restores the Hyde amendment ban on federal funds for elective abortion.

Fox News Channel correspondent Major Garrett asked Obama: “Will you sign legislation on health care that includes the Stupak language?”

OBAMA: You know, I think that there is a balance to be achieved that is consistent with the Hyde amendment—what existed before we reformed health care.

I believe in the basic idea that federal dollars shouldn't pay for abortions. But I also think we shouldn't restrict women's choices, so, I think there's some negotiations going on, not just on the Democratic side, but I think among people of good will on both sides, to see if we can arrive at something that meets that criteria and I'm confident we can do that.

GARRETT: Yes or no, does the Stupak language strike that balance?

OBAMA: Not yet. 

White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod recently indicated to CNN that Obama would work to remove the Stupak language from the health care bill before it reaches the president's desk. 

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