GOP lawmaker tries — unsuccessfully — to remove name from abortion bill

But late Friday, the House Rules Committee added language allowing for these exceptions. On Tuesday, Broun told The Hill that he can no longer support the bill because of that change at the Rules Committee, and said that while his name is still on the bill, he won't vote for it.

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"As a medical doctor, I believe it is my duty to protect children at all stages of life," Broun said. "I am extremely disappointed that House Republican leadership chose to include language to subject some unborn children to needless pain and suffering.

"I will not support legislation that harms innocent children, and I will continue in my efforts to protect all unborn children by making abortion illegal at all stages of pregnancy."

Broun's opposition to the Rules changes led him to ask for his name to be removed as a co-sponsor of the bill. That's the standard practice for members who want to have their names removed.

But later Monday night, the presiding officer said it is too late for Broun or anyone else to remove their names, since the bill has already been reported out of committee and is up on the floor Tuesday.

"Requests to remove the name of a co-sponsor cannot be entertained after the final committee authorized to consider the measure reports it to the House or is discharged from its consideration," the presiding officer read. As a result, he said any requests to remove co-sponsors to the abortion bill at this time "may not be entertained."

The House will vote on the legislation early Tuesday evening.