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Stupak award rescinded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 An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President's whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders.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


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

    Fortunately the guy is toast. He won't even be able to run for dog catcher

    March 22, 2010 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  2. john

    Pro life also means pro prenatal care, health insurance for poor kids and pregnant women. More lives will be saved than any anti abortion language injected on the health care bill.

    March 22, 2010 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  3. Bob True American

    Good job congressman, tell them to take award and shove it. Susan B would be rolling in her grave listening to these morons.

    March 22, 2010 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  4. H in Hermosa Beach

    Give the award to the rnc

    March 22, 2010 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  5. Wrong Side

    Stupak and everyone that voted yes to this bill have been measured and they have been found lacking.

    They have abandoned principal for personal gain and are on the wrong side of the issue.

    March 22, 2010 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  6. hmmsketch

    Susan B. Anthony would be ashamed to have her name attached to this group. She stood for freedom and the rights of women, not public policy haranguing that ties the hands of women and their doctors.

    March 22, 2010 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  7. Todd

    A group of crazy fanatics rescinds a useless prize.... this headline makes it sound like there was somthing important.

    March 22, 2010 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  8. Fijiblues

    This is a man of principle: pro-life but also solidary with fellow human beings who will benenefit from the bill. Bravo!

    March 22, 2010 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  9. Barry

    I listened to Congressman Stupak explain his logic in supporting health care reform. He came across as principled and a person who would have never compromised his personal beliefs. While I am pro-choice, I respect his position. The single issue people who withdrew their award should grow up and realize that reforming health care in the USA will save a lot of children from suffering and illness.

    The issue was not about abortion and the language in the bill (without President Obama's executive order) maintained the so-called Hyde amendment language.

    March 22, 2010 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  10. Rob Selby

    Right-wing slime distorting the facts again.

    March 22, 2010 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  11. J. Brown

    I'm sorry, but these people are completely divorced from reality. It doesn't matter what's really happening, they're going to scream and shout its all lies. How does anyone support these nutcases anymore? White is black, up is down, fighting to ensure abortions aren't payed for makes you a babykiller.

    March 22, 2010 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  12. michele

    It's time to get over the whole abortion debate. Many of us are sick and tired of it. It's been the law for over 30 years. Use birth control or don't have an abortion. And when the percentage of those in congress are women, the ones whose lives are most affected, and not a bunch of white men, the issue can be discussed seriously. If men were forced to go through pregnancies, we wouldn't be having this debate. As it stands, this is one of the only issues that they still have control over women.

    March 22, 2010 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  13. Michelle

    Its a sad day in America. I keep thinking of all the men and women who died to keep this country free and the greatest nation in the world and in one ridiculous vote we are no longer free. The government now owns the banks, the auto industry, health care, student loans and whats next? The environment? In so many words the government now owns us!!! To have the IRS intrude in your life once a month to check and see if you have adequate health care to their standards not yours is so scary to me, this is just the beginning. Please remember this day and do not forget who voted for this monstrosity of a bill and vote them all out in November. At least give us a fighting chance to try and repeal this horrific bill and take our country back from these communist idiots!

    March 22, 2010 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  14. Willy Brown

    The Stupak 5 gave us socialism

    March 22, 2010 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  15. Charlie in Maine

    Look I don't agree with Stupack that the order was needed but if it got healthcare reform passed then it was needed. His district will reward him with re-election so I would say that those other folks can keep there award.

    March 22, 2010 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  16. mark boutilier

    SO WHAT that award and 2 dollars will get you coffee and you get the award as change

    March 22, 2010 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  17. mike

    stupak is what a congress person is all about is not about one group
    of people that will make his decision but about the people he represent
    pro life people are only concern about there issue and could care less
    about everyone that is already living

    March 22, 2010 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  18. rdepontb

    Bart,
    You did the right things--you followed your conscience, your actions ensured clarity with earlier agreements that both sides-BOTH SIDES!!–found accurate, and you did this with class and conviction as opposed to crass and disruptive practices of Republicans.

    To say that you were in obvious error, and "deserved to have the award rescinded" does not put you in a bad light-it puts that organization in a bad light, in fact, the life of Medieval times. To side with nuns and hospitals on this issue-that cannot cause you even a moment's concern. Thank you, sir.

    March 22, 2010 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  19. Tom in Delaware

    Reminds me of Neville Chamberlain waving the piece of paper that Adolf Hitler signed after he sold the Czechs out at Munich in 1938...that resulted in the Second World War.

    March 22, 2010 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  20. sal dameo

    I was brought up that a man needs to have a code, and stand by it! Congressman Stupak sold his values out yesterday.

    March 22, 2010 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  21. Jerry - Florida

    How idiotic for Mr. Stupak and his gang to believe the "Bully and Liar-in-Chief."

    The Susan B. Anthony List needs to be commended for for such a swift and right decision.

    More to come. Stay tuned!

    March 22, 2010 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  22. Chas

    Congratulations, Mr. Stupak. You do deserve an award for standing up for REAL Americans with your YES vote!

    March 22, 2010 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  23. Mr.T

    "An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President's whim"... Dear Right-Wingers, believe it or not, there are people who stand by their word. But I guess among yourselves that doesn't happen too often!

    March 22, 2010 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  24. toomuchgovernment

    Obama could care less about the democraps he coerced into voting for this unconstitutional monstrosity. He threw ALL dems under-the-bus for his marxist agenda. I hope the SOB fails miserably in everything he does and I can not personally wait until November, 2010. These dems will pay for what they did. I will pesonally campagin against every one of them! Communists-particularly YOU, Shupack. It was you and your buds that tipped the scale in favor of this. Everyone that was bought with a bribe is no more than a common prostitute! Your 'prices' were just all different!
    We have 4 years of taxes to be used to reduce the deficit,, this this unconstitutional 'right' begins and there will not be any money, so taxes will be raised. This is manipulation, coersion and a violation of our constitution. But hey, who cares about the constitution with BO in office. He is here to change the 'outdated' thing anyway.
    Remember the re-making of the USA.? With the most radical, leftist president ever. I personally have NO respect for the jerkwad. I hope you libs who voted this POS in office are really happy. I have NO respect for Hussein as he is a communist. Wake up people. IF you like this marxist government and like being a slave to government and not being rewarded by being able to keep what you earn, move to another country.

    March 22, 2010 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  25. Chris

    These people, full of pride, call themselves "pro-life", yet they couldn't care less about the tens of thousands of people who die in this country each year because they can't afford adequate health care. The number of abortions performed in this country are a slim fraction of that. The Pro-Lifers really aren't interested in preserving life. It's all about having an issue that can feed and reinforce their sense of self-righteousness and anger.

    March 22, 2010 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
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