Republican shouts “baby killer” at turncoat Stupak
Pro-life activists condemn Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) for caving into pressure from President Obama and voting “yea” to the health care reform bill which provides public funding for abortion.
Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.org, said Stupak’s decision to accept the promise of a presidential executive order as a solution to the abortion-funding issue is “unconscionable.”
“The Executive Order fix is a band-aid solution that fails to solve the fundamental problems in this bill, and can be repealed at any time, for any reason, by the president or future presidents. The order is likely to be challenged by pro-abortion groups, and could be struck down by the courts,” Mr. Burch said in a news release issued Sunday night.
“The Catholic Bishops along with CatholicVote.org and every major pro-life organization oppose this ‘fix.’ We have defended Rep. Stupak for months, but today we stand in protest of his decision,” Mr. Burch added.
Stupak’s last-minute decision to vote in support of the health care bill was a key factor in the House Democrats obtaining enough votes for passage of the controversial legislation.
“Since I was first elected to Congress I have fought to provide quality, affordable health care for all Americans and I am proud to be able to vote for this historic legislation,” Stupak said Sunday in a message posted on his Web site.
The Congressman said he’s witnessed the struggles that families and employers in his northern Michigan congressional district face under the current system.
“Although this legislation is not perfect and does not do everything I believe is necessary to reform our health insurance industry, it is a tremendous step forward for northern Michigan residents and for our nation,” Stupak said. He said he looks forward to the president signing the health care bill into law.
Stupak had insisted from the beginning of the health care debate that he would never vote in favor of federal funding to subsidize insurance plans that cover abortion. Abortion should not be recognized as a benefit in federal health plans, he said.
To mollify Stupak, President Obama announced he would sign an Executive Order reaffirming that the Hyde amendment can not be circumvented and that no taxpayer dollars would be used to pay for health plans that cover abortion.
“I have said from the start I would not vote for health care reform without adequate protections in place to make sure the current law of no federal funding for abortion is maintained,” Stupak said on Sunday. “The president’s Executive Order upholds the principle that federal funds should not be used to subsidize abortion coverage.”
President Obama promised to sign the Executive Order following passage of H.R. 3590.
But pro-life activists maintain the Executive Order on abortion funding will further politicize the issue. It will put decisions on taxpayer funding for abortion as well as conscience protections in the hands of Obama, future presidents, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Mr. Burch said.
“We are convinced Rep. Stupak will come to deeply regret today’s decision,” the Catholic spokesman added.