March 22nd, 2010
02:10 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Stupak award rescinded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 An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President's whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders.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.


Filed under: Abortion • Bart Stupak • Health care • President Obama
soundoff (327 Responses)
  1. MR. AMERICA

    So if there are no fed dollars paying for abortion, WHAT ARE THESE NUTCASES WHINING ABOUT?

    March 22, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. kevin w. coleman

    stupak is a coward. He caved and the country knows it.

    March 22, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Former Republican, now an Independent

    I am an anti-abortionist and agree with Bart Stupak's position. Who is the Susan B. Anthony organization and where were they during the Bush Administration who used the word abortion as a war cry to get votes, yet never listed a finger to help the anti-abortion movement? The Susan B. Anthony organization was silent during those years like a good republican political action sub-committee should be. It is frustrating to the republican party, that Americans are beginning to sort between which values are really being pursued and which ones politicians are merely using to get their vote. The current day republican party is being controlled by radical extremists (Neo Cons) who have no moral compass and will do anything for power and control of the American people. They have so much money behind them that they control many radio and TV programs and some stations and are driven by "Jihadist Journalists" instead of balanced news reporting. This is very evident on the slanted Fox News channel.

    March 22, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Dano

    Obama released an executive order that emphasized abortions would not be paid for with federal dollars. Can it be any more clear than that? This just goes to show you that this anti-abortion rights group is just an extension of the GOP and is not really concerned about abortion, just getting Republicans elected.

    March 22, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. CHRIS D.

    Go Bart Go!!!!!! My what a big tent party the DEMS have....they have liberals, conservatives, pro-life......I respect the DEM party, and only wish that the GOP, would lose it's malice, and work w/ the DEM party.........We need a two party system.

    March 22, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Jake

    Bush made him do it,blame Bush,

    March 22, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Gale Shipman

    Right. Stupak "stood on my principle" until the president gave him gifts to buy his vote and he then voted against his supposed principle. This is what democrats do; try to make everyone happy and then end up making everyone miserable.

    March 22, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Paula

    Oh bummer, he won't get an award from the right wingnuts. "Most pro-abortion president ever"? Really? Defending a woman's right to choose, which people without a uterus should have no say in to begin with, makes Obama sound llike he is going around butchering babies. Give me a break!

    March 22, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Ryan

    Big deal. His job is to represent Americans, not win awards. Frankly, it's a completely stupid award anyway...robbing a woman her right to choose, is not something you should be proud of.

    March 22, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Sheri

    Am I the only one that sees the irony here? Rep. Stupak finally stood up for the lives of 35,000,000 million people. But they rescind the award because he didn't scuttle the whole bill because of personal beliefs!

    Don't they care about the little kid that can't get insurance because of a pre existing condition? Or is only before birth that they care, after every person for themselves! Shameful!

    March 22, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

    So he doesn't get the coveted "Obey Our Political Agenda" Award. Gosh, that's got to really hurt.

    March 22, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. C Parker

    Good and intelligent decision to vote for what is right and needed so badly. I do not support abortions, but that is not the issue here and not a critical issue facing America.

    March 22, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. LacrosseMom

    How HYPOCRITICAL of this "pro-life" group to refuse to give an award to to Stupak!

    To Pro-lifers:

    You have bought the LIES of the Republicans, who say "abortions will be covered!" THEY WONT BE!

    Very few, Pro-lifers seem to remember the HYDE AMENDMENT, which PROHIBITS .......FEDERAL....... MONEY....... FROM BEING USED TO FUND......... ABORTIONS! Please be informed!

    Basically, the Pro-lifers by refusing to support the Healthcare Bill are stating that the life of a baby in the womb is more important than a 3 year-old with diabetes or asthma, who has no healthcare because of a preexisting condition!

    How can you be "pro-life" and against healthcare for people?

    March 22, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Conservative American

    You have no principles. You made that clear last night.

    March 22, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Jay

    The 'pro-lifers' need to get their heads out of the 17th century. Women are not baby-carriers for men. They are not prisoners locked in their own bodies. They are not mere vessels of gene transfer. It is hypocritical of these 'pro-lifers' to cry loud and long about the termination of pregnancy, while denying health care to the living, many who suffer FOR YEARS, and then die silently and forgotten. This will be the legacy of those who voted against health care reform: in 2030 they wil be looked upon as thoughtless, heartless and narrow-minded as the racists and hate-mongers of the 1960s are today.

    March 22, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Sir Craig

    The "Susan B. Anthony List" is a serious misnomer: I don't recall Anthony being anything but a tireless crusader for women's rights, and for this bunch of conservative jackals to hijack her name in order to present a thin veneer of credibility to itself is a crock. I'm not surprised Stupak couldn't care less.

    As for Stupak's insistence on an executive order barring federal funds from providing abortions, I'd like to know what his credentials are in regards to women's health. According to Wikipedia, he has worked law enforcement and is a lawyer, so no medical background. This leads me to believe he's nothing more than a typical vote-seeking politician, no better than his Republican counterparts.

    March 22, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. Bob

    Stupak is STUPID – What a wimp!!

    March 22, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. j

    Stupak finally did the right thing and I'd be happy to give him an award for it but then I'd have to give all the representatives that voted for the bill an award for putting the needs of the country over their own political ambitions.

    March 22, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. mar

    Huray for Rep. Stupak. Thank you for voting for all the living people who cannot afford health insurance. Thank you for voting for all the living kids who have pre conditions and cannot get health insurance. You are our hero.

    March 22, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. the anti-christ

    Maybe the democrats do have a spine.We need more reform,especially after living under Taliban rule.i mean life under the Cheny administration.

    March 22, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. JC

    He is is doing a decend thing for the unborn children. Good thing he decided to do a good thing for those who are ALREADY living as well. Welcome to the right side of the history.

    March 22, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. Frisky

    How on earth is Obama 'the most pro abortion president' in history'?? This organization sounds like a pouting child.

    March 22, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. stop the nonsense

    I love these groups! " The MOST pro-abortion president in history"?!?
    Based on what? He has not porposed any change in the laws. He has not asked for any new legislation allowing for abortions. So how is he THE MOST anything? Rep. Surbeck got what he asked for- a promise, in writing, that says abortion will not be paid for under this bill except in matters of life or death.
    The rhetoric and exaggeration that is spread by both sides is why we are where we are. If both sides would step back from this sort of talk, maybe we as a country could meet in the middle on most ssues like we used to.

    March 22, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. Zamora

    if you're a democrat, you're not really pro-life. most of us know that. we also know that stupak has no spine and was going to cave in at the last minute, because that's what happens when you deal with thugs like obama and pelosi. who know what they threatened him with. stupak is pro-life alright.....pro-political life.

    March 22, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. Sniffit

    Funny. Yo ucan tell that it's solely politics with these groups. Had it been a GOPer who championed the anti-choice position, forcing language into the bill and even getting the POTUS to issue an executive order emphasizing that no federal funding was to be used for abortion, they'd be calling him a hero. I call shenanigans.

    March 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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