March 21st, 2010
11:53 PM ET
4 years ago

Stupak award rescinded

In a press conference Sunday, Rep. Bart Stupak explained his decision to reach a deal with President Obama that involves Obama issuing an executive order about abortion funding.
In a press conference Sunday, Rep. Bart Stupak explained his decision to reach a deal with President Obama that involves Obama issuing an executive order about abortion funding.

Washington (CNN) – An anti-abortion rights organization is withdrawing an award it planned to present Rep. Bart Stupak, after the Michigan Democrat announced Sunday he would support health care reform legislation.

The Susan B. Anthony List had chosen Stupak to receive the “Defender of Life” award at the “Campaign for Life Gala” Wednesday here in the nation’s capital. Stupak and several Democrats said that they would vote for the health care bill after President Obama assured them that no federal funding would be allowed to pay for abortion. Obama released an executive order that emphasized abortions would not be paid for with federal dollars.

“By accepting this deal from the most pro-abortion President in American history, Stupak has not only failed to stand strong for unborn children, but also for his constituents and pro-life voters across the country,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement shortly before the House was set to vote on the controversial bill.

Dannenfelser charged that the executive order was not enough.

"The executive order on abortion funding does absolutely nothing to fix the problems presented by the health care reform bill that the House will vote on this evening,” she said. “The very idea should offend all pro-life Members of Congress. An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President's whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders. Most importantly, pro-abortion Representatives have admitted the executive order is meaningless."

Updated: 11:28 p.m.: Rep. Stupak spoke with CNN Sunday night about the decision of the Susan B. Anthony List. "I didn't seek the award," Stupak told CNN, "I stood on my principle. I don't need an award."

–CNN Producer Lesa Jansen contributed to this report.


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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Bill of Florida

    Susan B. Anthony? They named an award designed to reinforce a male-dominated world view after a female civil rights leader? And they're withdrawing it from Bart Stupak because he cut a deal to protect life with Barack Obama? Seems like they did Stupak a favor.

    March 21, 2010 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  2. Ben

    A true "defender of life" would vote in favor of covering 30 million more Americans. Stupak made the right choice.

    March 21, 2010 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  3. Blaine

    Bart Stupak Is A Man Who Stood Up For America. America's List Is More Important.

    March 21, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Yeah, right, where were the Susan B. Anthony List folks all the years Stupak has been covered by the federal health insurance plan?

    The health care coverage currently enjoyed by all Federal employees – all plans, because I checked – include this or similar language in regards to abortion:

    Not covered: Procedures, services, drugs, and supplies related to abortions except when the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term or when the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest.

    All of a sudden, all the pro-lifers are upset.

    Hypocrites!

    March 21, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  5. Uh Huh

    Stood on your principle???

    March 21, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  6. Steve in Kentucky

    Boy that really shows the true colors. A guy who is as right-to-life as it gets not only loses an "award" but gets called a "baby killer" from some Joe Wilson Rethuglican type.

    And it shows CNN's true colors by making it into some sort of a "cost" to the "Dem"

    Foxy.

    March 21, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  7. phoenix86

    When will voters understand that democrats simply do not care about the unborn, and barely conciel their contempt at the newborn.

    March 21, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  8. Mirta

    Stupak is my representative from my district in Michigan. I am disgusted that he CAVED and gave into the pressure. My immediate family makes up 3 households with 7 registered voters. Everyone of us will not vote for him again. The pride of Northern Michigan has become just another politician.

    I am amazed that Obama keeps telling me that my insurance will not change. The truth is my company employs just over 100 people. If you do the math, it is easy to see that they will pay the penalty on 70 employees (the first 30 are exempt) and I will have to buy insurance through the government. I will not get assistance from the government because I make too much money. So, if you go to school, pay for your education and work hard this is what you end up with!!! IMHO that stinks.

    March 21, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  9. BSG Paul

    Hey, Marjorie, how about taking care of those who are actually alive?

    March 21, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  10. Joseph

    Well, at the end of the day Rep. Stupak does not have a principle at all. He finally reveals he is still a corrupted politician. His soul can be bought by OBAMA, who sold watermellon to him. We Michiganians remember that Stupak sold out them, who workd hard and pay tax and raise a family. Can't wait until November 2010!

    March 21, 2010 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  11. Marie

    He doesn't need an award, but apparently he wanted $726,409 for airports in his district.

    Gaaa.

    March 22, 2010 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  12. Kevin

    Just another example that the anti-choice group is also anti-family, anti-worker, anti-American and pro-big business, pro-insurance industry and pro-insanity.

    While I still have issues with Mr. Stupak, I'm relieved he finally came to his senses to realize this bill does not change the Hyde Amendment. And that in totality, this bill does more to protect human life and the pursuit of happiness than it does to potentially harm life. So, the "pro-life" crowd, if they really are that, should be for this bill, not against.

    God Bless every American on this great night.

    March 22, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  13. Bill of Florida

    I've just been reading about Susan B. Anthony. Sure enough, she opposed abortion, but she opposed it for different reasons that people oppose it today. Her concern was for the women who subjected their bodies to what was then a very dangerous procedure, because they were driven to that decision by the men in their lives. She felt that a woman should have control over her own body. Was her anti-abortion stance the same as today's anti-abortion stance? Hardly. I don't think that stripping Bart Stupak of this Susan B. Anthony award says anything negative about him. He cut a deal with Barack Obama to protect the unborn. The people who stripped him of this award have only saved him the utter humiliation of receiving an award that contradicts the very principles for which she fought.

    March 22, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  14. william scott

    clearly the choice to recind the award to rep. Stupak by the pro~lifers is a case of poor losers. Rep. Stupak stood on his stance to fund abortion but he realized that the bill has a much more signifigant meaning to the American people. The pro-life organization is a huge supporter of the republican party & would have recinded the award no matter what provisions the bill inacted to bar fed $ towards their issue.

    March 22, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  15. Rubber Meeting the Road

    Mr. Stupak –

    Honestly, what did you expect? You didn't really think that the Republicans believed in you or what you were doing did you?

    You were used by them and when they had no more use for you, they shunned you.

    We liberals now will expect you to demonstrate where your alliances lie. You will be called upon to be the 1st ... not the last ... votes on future Democratic-led legistlative bills.

    You have used up your limited political capital within both parties.

    March 22, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  16. juanx

    Rep. Bart Stupak,

    There are supporters like you have never imagined. Just hang tough like President Obama. Believe...YES WE CAN.

    March 22, 2010 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  17. Barb

    I was so stupid to believe that Stupak would not give in to the Chicago thugs, but was I wrong. He has disappointed many people. Wonder what else is in his "vote yes" package? Arm twisting sure worked on the Dems.

    March 22, 2010 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
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