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Stupak award rescinded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 An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President's whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders.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. jeff

    Why wouldnt he after all it is not a vote for the American people it is a vote for Nancy who should be ashamed of her self how she in one statement said "no deals" and then strikes one. In the real world she would be called a liar but in Obama's she is a hero. What have we become. And to think we were worried about Sarah.

    March 21, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  2. Teflon warrior

    Did anyone ever doubt "Benedict" Stupak's position?

    March 21, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  3. Pete Rieck

    Stupak=no integrity

    March 21, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  4. usualone

    Rep. Stupak did the correct thing; he doesn't need the award. Those folk don't care about the living people without insurance who have a quicker chance of dying than those who have insurance. He will be saving lives for sure...with the bill's passage.

    March 21, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. Accountant Guy

    Who cares! I am sure he won't be up all night crying over not receiving this joke of an award.

    March 21, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  6. u2canfail

    It has always seemed to me, you need a womb to have an opinion on abortion. The males should not have an option whatsoever. A woman must conceive and carry, the decision is hers. Rape and incest may happen to men, but conception is never the result. There are many unwanted children in this world.

    The Catholic Church has no credibility on this issue. 1st they are men. then the church itself protected Priests that were harming children and transfered them to new groups of children. Ah, the fresh group of someone else's babies. They helped child abusers, kept them from the law. They protected them even by having parents sign non disclosure agreements. They have harmed more children than are aborted. They no longer have a reasonable or responsible opinion, even as a church. Abuse of power is just that. The church is guilty.

    March 21, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. Mike in SA

    Apparently making Obama and Pelosi happy is much more important to Stupak than being able to look in the mirror. Of course that assumes that he actually has some semblance of character and a conscience.

    March 21, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  8. raingirl2

    well it is funny that the executive order written by Obama according to the republicans have no meaning but all of the executive orders written by white presidents prior to this president carried the weight of the law and no one complained or tried to object to those orders. you are all a bunch of hypocrites and not worthy of holding any public office.

    March 21, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  9. Cathy Kayser

    It's ironic that a "healthcare" mandate is a deathcare mandate for the unborn.

    March 21, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  10. CNN sucks cock

    Death to the Congress and the Dictatorship OBAMA

    March 21, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  11. cg

    So it wasn't about abortion, it was about defeating Obama? Too bad bad for you extremists, America wins this round.

    March 21, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  12. Wes Stewart

    Hurray! Where do we send out donation to get Rush Lumbaugh the hell out of Dodge?

    March 21, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Only in america can a pro-life group deny someone an awrd for delivering on a pro-life deal that will also contribute to saving the lives of an extra 30 million americans.

    March 21, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  14. stevetall

    Yeah, well, take your award and stuff it, you ridiculous bimbos. It's a great day for America!

    March 21, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  15. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    As tonight's vote demonstrated yet again, there is no such thing as a conservative or moderate Democrat in the Obama/Pelosi/Reid party. They may pretend to wring their hands with anguish, but in the end they follow their master's order in locked goose-step.

    Thankfully, they will be resoundingly defeated in November.

    March 21, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  16. Anne P

    Just because he's in favor of this bill does not mean he wants women to rush out and get abortions. I'm "pro choice" and I wondered why this guy was a Demo, but now I can see he has the ability to see the bigger picture and not his ideology alone. Good for him for seeing the bigger picture, health care, and putting his personal biases on the sidelines. I have a new found respect for this man.

    March 21, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  17. Ken

    Big deal!!! Who want's an award from another right wing waco doodle group anyway. They can just give it to that hill billy Jesus freak Sarah Palin instead......

    March 21, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  18. mary

    I just cannot resist writing this – the Republicans proved to me today that they have all but ruined this country in the past 2 terms and not only that – they do not care what they say if they think it will appeal to anyone who might vote for them.

    The very idea that Boehner and his mob get up in the United States House of Representative, with the nation and the world watching, and stoop to complete lies – calling Democratic members ,who have worked long and hard to get healthcare to actually help the people of this country, names. The Republicans need to hang their heads in shame for even thinking about calling a fellow member of the United States House of Representatives a "baby killer."

    These people need to be kept out of power until the end of time and I will work as hard as I can to keep them out of power.

    March 21, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  19. allan

    He is out 2010.

    March 21, 2010 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  20. Republicans are Repugnant Taliban

    Just actions by upset Repugliban because they were kicked to the curb over health care reform which passed over thier objections. Lets get to real news here this is a done deal now, stop crying Repugliban and get over it, Americans voted in 2006 and 2008 and finally their mandate has been made reality by those they voted into power. Your threats are for naught, bring it on, we will match you vote for vote come November and we shall overcome. Hurray for America, the rights of the citizens has been upheld over the interests of the corporate insurance companies at long last.

    March 21, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  21. Bill

    The bill does not pay for abortion. Period.

    If they're withdrawing such an unimportant award for the mere sake of Bart Stupak's association with the president who happens to be pro-choice, by all means Stupak is better off without it. I wonder if there was a peace award withdrawn from someone just because they met with Hitler.

    March 21, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  22. John (Jackson, NJ)

    I congratulate the Congressman on standing strong for the rights and health of post-born children. It is too bad that the Republican party is of the opinion that any obligation for the health and welfare of the unborn that they support so vociferously ends at birth.

    March 21, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  23. tess

    principles! the man can't even spell the word much less know what it means. just another democrat selling his soul to the devil – i hope they all go to hell ---

    March 21, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  24. Jerry AZ

    This guy was duped big time! Or he was just worn down.

    March 21, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  25. Servicemember watching freedoms vanish

    "I stood on my principle" Bart Stupack. And then he went against it. That's a textbook display of lack of intestinal fortitude, courage, and commitment to principles. Later this year in November, Americans will definitely remember your lack of courage when the time came.

    March 21, 2010 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
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