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By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist In an op-ed appearing in the Washington Post, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), who shocked the pro-life community by agreeing to vote yes on the pro-abortion health care reform bill in exchange for an executive order from President Obama, said he made the deal because he believed the reform bill would have passed anyway and would have been worse for the unborn without the last minute deal.
Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist Rep. Bart Stupak, who stood strong for life throughout the long and contentious battle over abortion funding in health care reform, caved in at the eleventh hour to a phony deal with the White House that pro-life groups – and the U.S. bishops say - will do nothing to protect the unborn.
In a revealing, hour-long interview with The Hill, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), the leader of a group of pro-life Democrats who are refusing to vote for pro-abortion Obamacare, said the battle over the bill has made his life a “living hell”.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist The Congressman responsible for forcing the U.S. House to withdraw abortion funding form its health care reform package last year says Democratic leaders have admitted to wanting to change the “status quo” by allowing taxpayer funding of abortion.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist Hopes for quick passage of the Senate version of health care reform in the U.S. House may have been dealt a death blow by at least seven pro-life members who are now saying they won’t vote for the bill unless it is stripped of all abortion coverage.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist Realizing that the issue of abortion funding may cost them passage of health care reform, Democratic leaders in the house now say they may be willing to pass a separate piece of legislation that will “fix” the abortion language in the bill to satisfy pro-life members of their caucus.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has admitted that the plan to use the controversial “reconciliation” method to ram through health care reform will not be able to resolve the issue of abortion funding in the bill.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist The same Michigan lawmaker who forced the House to accept an amendment banning all abortion from health care reform says the pro-abortion Senate bill that must pass before Congress can use the “reconciliation” process does not have enough votes to pass the House.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist Responding to comments made this weekend by White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod that President Obama would strip abortion restrictions made to the House health care bill, the author of the restrictions, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), said doing so would only cause the bill to stall on the Hill.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist Pro-life leaders are urging the public not to react to a statement made by congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) saying if his amendment to ban abortion fails to be included in the House’s health care reform bill, he will probably vote for it anyway.
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