A fight over abortion funding is dividing House Democrats and threatening President Barack Obama's push for health care overhaul.
Both supporters and opponents of abortion want changes to rules governing abortion funding.
On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters she won't allow a battle over abortion to drag down health-care reform legislation, the Associated Press reported.
"This is not about abortion. This is a bill about providing quality affordable health care for all Americans," Pelosi said.
Obama has asked Democrats to move beyond their differences over abortion and other issues in order to pass health-care reform legislation. On Thursday, he held a meeting with more than a dozen House rank-and-file liberals and moderates, the AP reported.