March 21st, 2010
11:53 PM ET
5 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Stupak award rescinded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 An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President's whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders.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. CHRISTIAN CRUSAIDERS MUST GO

    GET OVER YOURSELVES

    The Religious Right is NEITHER!

    March 21, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  2. Crazy Harry

    A very lucky guy that Stupak is for not being associated with some really disturbing people.

    March 21, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    That's the least this guy can expect for betraying the American people–and I expect that, come November, he's going to feel even more of the wrath of those he betrayed.

    March 21, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. jules sand-perkins

    These anti-abortion nuts are all CRAZY.

    March 21, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  5. Blaker in Mo

    This is the ugly face of extremism.

    March 21, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. Baby Boomer

    The Susan B. Anthony List should be ashamed of themselves for the statement they made about President Obama. No one (including the President) is "Pro Abortion." What he is and we are is "PRO CHOICE". Rep. Stupak shouldn't have refused the award if it was given to him anyway. Honestly, no one other then the woman involved should make decisions about whether or not to go through with a pregnancy. That is between her and the GOD she serves. These people who think they have a right to force their views on others are completely wrong. Ever notice that people who are "PRO CHOICE" don't try to make people who are "Pro Life" do what they want them to do. It's always the other way around. What a bunch of hypocrites...

    March 21, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. Mikey

    Yes, and I'm sure that psudo religious cult, The Family, that has been subsidizing his and a bunch of other, mostly Republican, members of Congress, wants their money back, too.

    Rep. Boner is there whining away. I had to turn it off. I hate seeing suppsoedly responsible adults reduced to chlidish temper tantrums. You'd think that giving poor people access to decent health care will result in the end of civilization as we know it.

    March 21, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  8. StevieB

    These people need to stop sullying the name of the great Susan B Anthony.

    March 21, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. larry

    whats goin on in AMERICA

    March 21, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  10. jojomcgee

    I just can't watch anymore of CNN. Dana Bash is trying to give John Dingell tongue. Blitzy appears to be on the verge of an orgasm as the bill move closer to approval by the Democrats. You peopel are really disgusting.

    March 21, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  11. zuq

    Sounds like your lobbying failed. Healthcare Reform will pass tonight.
    “In The Midst Of A Deep Economic Recession, American Health Insurance Companies Increased Their Profits By 56 Percent In 2009, A Year That Saw 2.7 Million People Lost Their Private Coverage.”

    March 21, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  12. lol

    wow that tells me that the susan b anthony list is nothing but a conservative political group. Pro life? more like pro GOP.

    March 21, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  13. Marge

    This guy is trying to strike a deal to get rid of all the bad publicity which is causing him to have a very solid primary challenge. What in the devil does he care about an award.

    March 21, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. The Unsub

    sometimes you have to make the tough decisions for what is right for everybody. There will be plenty of other awards for Bart. Thanks for being a true Patriot.

    March 21, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. jules sand-perkins

    I realized tonight that I cannot live to see the end of religious persecution in this country.

    March 21, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  16. Judy

    Stupak crumbled like the rest of them. Wonder what other kind of deal he got. Out he goes with the rest of the Dems come November. It can't come soon enough!

    March 21, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  17. Katie B in NC

    What's the matter with you anti-choice people? The bill - even without the executive order - is good enough for 59,000 Catholic nuns. But it's not good enough for you? Y'all are nuts!!!

    March 21, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  18. mack

    When will anti-choice advocates realize that there is no such thing as pro-abortion? No one advocates abortion – they advocate CHOICE. In an ideal world there wouldn't be unexpected pregnancy. The reality is such a world only exists in fairy tales. This is the same reason that abstinence education is such a failure.

    March 21, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  19. Tony

    It's so stupid when pro-lifer's say we're pro ABORTION when in fact we could be pro-life but also pro-choice. I would never want or have an abortion, but I would not take that decision away from the mother. Pro-lifer's will come back with but what about the child's decision in this. Well, I'm sorry. I firmly believe that until it's born or at the very least in the 3rd tri-mester that it's just a peatry dish of cells and nothing more. We eat eggs that haven't hatched yet so does that mean we're eating chickens? No, of course not.

    March 21, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  20. DemNoMore

    He is a fool.

    March 21, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  21. Aaron

    Not sure what these guys are complaining about. Stupak appears to be representing the Susan B. Anthony List instead of the constitutents that elected him.

    March 21, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  22. Ron in Asheville, NC

    Hmmm. Sounds to me, given that the "deal' went toward defense of life, like the "Defenders of Life" really have a wider agenda than that. Do you suppose that is what the liberals mean when they talk about conservative "code" phrases? Quelle surprise!

    March 21, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  23. marie

    This is all so phony, the Republicans are out and out lying when they say the bill allows for abortions. The Hyde amendment already prohibits federal money from being used on abortions. This whole process had been riddled with lies by Republicans. First they try to say reconciliation has never been used, then they say deem and pass has never been used. Both lies! They tried their death panel charade, and now this. Come on people you can check the facts for yourself, stop being a tool of FOX News and Rush Limbaugh!

    March 21, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  24. diridi

    this type of award should mean nothing....ok, you won...my vote for you on health care and in future...

    March 21, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  25. Gene

    Stupak and Obama's mothers should have both had abortions!

    March 21, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
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