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Stupak award rescinded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 An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President's whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders.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

    Abortion provisions can be amemded once the bill becomes law; this should not be the sole reason against the bill... it is also not a green light for more abortions... the group has their requirements... the representative could comfortably sat on this and voted NO... he has chosen to vote for what he beleives is right and the executive order will buy them time to amend the bill in the future... this was a silly argument... I loved his speech; the dems are interested in the wellfare of the baby from its inception until the end of their natural life.

    March 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Zamora

    how do you know when a democrat is lying? their mouth is opened.

    March 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Roger

    Stupak you are a traitor and a disgrace to your beliefs. Courage is standing for your beliefs and cowardness is given in. May we all work towards your defest in November.

    March 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Dave0043

    Bart Stupack is a sell out , he helped kill babies and the USA at the same time thanks MI.

    March 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Bret

    What a fraud Stupak turned out to be. That he could go along with an executive order from Obama who thinks keeping his word is for everyone else but himself is a joke. This was just an escape clause for Dem's for vote for the bill. We all know killing babies is not something they are going to give away.

    March 22, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Rickey Lawrence

    Amen for Bart Stupak. It would be interesting to see how these hypocrites would have reacted if a Republican they were given the award to would have reaacted. I'll bet you a dollar they would have found someway to justify waht the republican did.

    March 22, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. a madrid

    Its scary the fundamentalist behavior and speech of the anti Obama people . CNN should do more investigative reporting and fact based news instead of opinion vetting and controversey hype. That certainly would help establish a proper tone in politics and educate the electorate.

    March 22, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. cspurgeon

    I am pro life but not affended by the Stupak deal at all and proud of the dems for supporting health care reform. The Republicans and the far right have politicised pro life to the point of laughability and do not represent the majuority.

    March 22, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. John Williams

    It is quite obvious that Rep. Stupak is anti-abortion.
    it is now also very obvious that 33-34 Democrats and 178 Republicans are more concerned about staying in office or with supporting the Health Insurance Industry than they are with the American people and their right to live a healthy life.
    They should all be voted out of office.

    March 22, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Russ

    Boo hooo! No award. Where are these people when it comes to the thousands dying because of our wonerful health care system? Our service men and women being killed in Bush's wars, real people being killed and yet none of them step up to care or pay for the costs to raise the unwanted children born every day because of the so called Right to Lifers. Get real you idiots.

    March 22, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Seth

    Double Speak on steroids = Obama/Pelosi.

    How many times did they assure the American People that the Senate Bill would not allow federal funding for abortion, they obvisously lied, as most of us knew. Why else would President Obama offer to sign an executive order to strengthen the language? His order is meaningless, the Health Care Bill is IMPOTENT, it has not vigor.

    Now comes the fun part, as Nancy said we get to see whats in it now.

    Most of us already know more than some, get educated please... then help us repeal this mess. Thanks for your help in 2010

    March 22, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Ken, AZ

    The award was politically motivated, anyway. Stupack would not have been considered if those on the right, including this organization, had not thought that he was going to bring down the health care bill. Let them keep the award.

    March 22, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. An American First

    Let's ask ourselves what is being a "pro-lifer" mean? Does it only mean that the person is anti-abortion or does it also mean that the sanctity of life is preserved at all points in life? In my opinion, it is the later.

    You cannot be a "pro-lifer" and believe in death-penalty. You cannot be a "pro-lifer" and belive that health-care is a privilage and not a right. To me, these things are contradicting. This reform will save some lives. And even one life saved through this reform should be celebrated by the pro-lifer. Sorry for difference in opinion here – but that's just how I see this.

    March 22, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. dennis

    It is humorous to me when Mr. Stupak says he "stood on his principle". Was he standing on his principle while he was contending his vote was NO, or after he received the buy out executive order from the President? His little speech on the floor during the votes last night revealed he was just grand standing the last 4 weeks, and he was never really going to vote No, it was a lie the whole time, intended to cover him with his Pro Life District Voters. He is the great deceiver!

    March 22, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Why is it that these "pro-lifers" can NEVER get upset about all the millions of people that cannot get adequate healthcare in this country??
    And that includes expecting mothers??
    These babies are NOT going to raise themselves. It takes healthy, able-bodies adults to raise kids.

    March 22, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. barking republican ankle biters

    Poor Bart,now they want their carrot back.Tell them where they can hide their carrot Bart.

    March 22, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Repubhypocrites

    So you want to save the unborn, but to hell with the 45,000 or more that die because lack of healthcare every year. Hypocrites! Bye Limbaugh. Sore losers Hannity, Bec k!

    March 22, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Lilarose

    Ladies, please just shut up and go out and have some babies, as long as you support them yourselves.

    March 22, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Bubba

    They are also screaming the N word. I think we can tell what's really behind all this hate.

    March 22, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. SAGG

    It amazes me how pro-lifers are raking Stupak over the coals like this. He's a pro-life Dem, the last time I checked. I'm glad he took the principled stand, though. We need more Dems to do this against the Repubs and their radical Tea Party allies...

    March 22, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. ugogrl

    stupak did right voting for the american people and therefore he will be re elected!

    March 22, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. CH-R

    Note to so called 'pro-lifers" Supporting living, breathing children and adults is a pretty good option as well. Making sure that babies are delivered and then working hard to not give them medical coverage, a decent education or simply food on the table is completely out of whack. You are pro the first 9 months of life and anti the rest. As soon as these moms deliver you are screaming "Don't give them entitlements!," How hypocritical can you get. Thanks Rep. Supak! I am sure you have lost little sleep over not getting an award from this manipulative, self serving body of twits!

    March 22, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. phillip Marlowe

    Stupak said he would have supported the bill regardless, so all he was doing was grandstanding and seeking the spotlight. In the end, Stupak was Stu-Pid as he will be defeated in the next cycle. Another pathetic BABY KILLER!

    March 22, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. Rick Flickinger

    This just proves how the anit abortion rights organizations are not really about 'PRO LIFE' but just about abortion only. This plan will help save lives not destroy lives, both pre birth and post birth. Illegalizing abortion is not going to stop abortion.

    March 22, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. L for Legend

    Crooks giveth and crooks taketh away.

    March 22, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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