"There are any number of good reasons for House Democrats to vote against health care reform. Abortion isn't one of them," wrote columnist Ruth Marcus. She noted how "there is scant difference between the House bill that anti-abortion advocates deem acceptable and the Senate version they claim would allow federal funds to underwrite abortions."Some Catholic groups and pro-life lawmakers are starting to agree, though they are in the minority. Leaders of religious orders representing 59,000 Catholic nuns wrote this week that "despite false claims to the contrary, the Senate bill will not provide taxpayer funding for elective abortions." The Catholic Health Association, which represents Catholic hospitals, also supports the Senate bill. And Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Mich., said he was "convinced that the Senate language maintains the Hyde amendment, which states that no federal money can be used for abortion." The nuns also noted that the reform would make historic new investments in support of pregnant women. "This is the real pro-life stance," they wrote.Meanwhile, the reform push got a boost today from the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO estimates the reform would reduce the federal deficit by $138 billion over the next 10 years and by $1.2 trillion in 20 years.