The battle is over. The fight, however, begins anew. Those of us who care about all life—born and unborn—know this legislation is a disaster for both. The House, ignoring the will of the American people, passed the health care reform bill and with it, an unprecedented expansion of federal coverage of abortions.
Bart Stupak, who had been holding out for pro-life language (to ensure no federal funding of abortion), agreed Sunday afternoon to vote for the Bill, as is, based on President Obama’s assurance that he will sign an Executive Order designed to “maintain” current law prohibiting federal funding of abortion. Stupak defended his decision, stating that he is “standing on our principle…[to] protect the sanctity of life in the health care reform. “ (See the video here.) On the floor, Stupak resisted attempts revive his pro-life Amendment after the bill passed, calling such efforts obstructionist and stating that the Democrats are indeed protecting life.
What the hell happened? Stupak left reality and entered the mesmerizing Land of Hope, where all things are possible–like the irrational hope that a 100% pro-abortion President would not expand federal funding of abortion. And the irrational belief that an Executive Order offers any pro-life guarantee at all matched against a pro-abortion piece of legislation.
The real problem: Stupak and pals are Democrats first, pro-lifers second. Which means they are not really pro-life at all.
The Executive Order cannot change legislation such as the Health Care Bill, as even one Democrat, Rep. Wasserman Shultz, D, Fla., noted in a television interview before the vote.
(Interestingly, but not surprisingly, in the closing minutes of debate, the Speaker of the House refused to entertain a request to add the text of Pres. Obama’s Exec Order as an amendment to the health care bill—thus keeping the language of the Executive Order out of legislation.)
The National Right to Life Committee released a statement saying that the Executive Order “changes nothing. It does not correct any of the serious pro-abortion provisions in the bill”.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, Chairman of the Susan B. Anthony List, which works to elect pro-life political office-holders, announced today that they have revoked the “Defender of Life” award for Stupak, which was to have been presented at their Dinner in Washington, D.C this Wednesday.
“We were planning to honor Congressman Stupak for his efforts to keep abortion-funding out of health care reform. We will no longer be doing so,” Dannenfelser said. “Let me be clear: any representative, including Rep. Stupak, who votes for this health care bill can no longer call themselves ‘pro-life.'”
In anticipation of the vote, Planned Parenthood offered a mild rebuke to President Obama for his promise to deliver an Executive Order to mollify pro-life representatives. “We regret that a pro-choice president of a pro-choice nation was forced to sign an executive order that further codifies the proposed anti-choice language in the health care reform bill,” the group said in a statement. “We are grateful that it does not include the Stupak abortion ban.”
Planned Parenthood’s not worried. They know who they elected and that they can count on the pro-abortion people he has put in administrative and agency positions all around the government. They should check their facts, though. This is not a pro-choice nation. The most recent Gallup poll notes that the majority of Americans are now pro-life, eclipsing those who call themselves pro-choice.
Make no mistake. The pro-life majority will make its voice heard at the polls come November.
The fight begins anew. Today.
(c) 2010 Mary Rice Hasson
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