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Stupak award rescinded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 An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President's whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders.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

    How can anti-abortion groups in the US live with their conscience? they want to protect the unborn but care nothing about the living! This is hypocrisy.

    March 22, 2010 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  2. rightsaid

    Most "pro-abortion President ever"? These people really ARE crazy.

    Besides, as the GOP would say, the AMERICAN PEOPLE are overwhelmingly pro-choice!

    March 22, 2010 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  3. david

    democrats are the ruling party and a democrat is the sitting potus. if you don't like what they are doing then vote elected democrats out of office come election time. elected officials, especially democrats, are doing what the democratic party leadership, and/or the potus, tells them to do. voters don't count any longer since the election is long over. like it or not, the democrats will continue to do as they please. democrats aren't done and will do what they want, when they want. no one can stop them, no one.

    March 22, 2010 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  4. HaroldHibbs

    Evidently a dying adult without insurance isn't as a sacred as an unborn fetus. Get your priorities straight pro-lifers.

    March 22, 2010 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  5. Carl George

    Unfortunately, he did not stand by his principles. He caved in to political pressure. This has been an example of politics at its very worst!

    March 22, 2010 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  6. Yas

    Rep. Stupak...on behalf of all the people your vote last night will help I want to thank you for your courage in doing the right thing.

    March 22, 2010 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  7. Gary

    Who needs an award from stupid people. Read people, read.
    Just because you yell louder doesn't make what your saying true.

    March 22, 2010 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  8. Darryl Miller

    Will Rush be leaving the U.S.A. now, Garage Sale is on it's way...

    March 22, 2010 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  9. Rob

    With the vote on health care reform in Congress:

    The working poor, who had no health care insurance, will be covered in the future. This is good, but consider the following:

    The middle class will see:
    1) Their state and federal taxes go up – including Medicare taxes
    2) Their private insurance premiums go up

    Seniors will see:
    1) $500 billion less in Medicare
    2) Fewer doctors willing to accept Medicare patients

    States will see:
    1) Federal government expansion of Medicare – adding financial burden on the states
    2) This action forces the states to greatly raise taxes on citizens of each state

    Businesses will see:
    1) Federal mandates which force them to provide insurance – adding financial burdens
    2) This action will cause many to have to lay off more workers

    The majority of Americans:
    1) Asked for reform on a few specific areas – but will see health care turned upside down
    2) Have been ignored, after stating in polls that they do not want this bill

    The federal government will see:
    1) Itself much more empowered over individuals and businesses
    2) Additional deficit spending after the CBO scores the impact of the reconciliation bill

    This is a historic day, but also a very dark day in history for citizens of the United States. States and legal foundations plan to take this administration and Congress to court. The main complaint of Americans regarding health care has been the rising costs, and this bill will not address that problem (it actually will result in even more cost in taxes and premiums). The majority of Americans have been ignored. Take note on all those who have voted to do this to our nation, and remember them.

    March 22, 2010 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  10. R.B.

    The so-called pro-life organizations are are actually NOT pro life. They are not even Christian.That is a terrible fallacy. Many are mentally ill. Evil personified. You cannot be pro-life and then be for capital punishment, for sending our kids to be killed on foreign soil for an inmoral and bogus war started on despicable premises, for indoctrination and support of nations whose governments allow family members to kill women as if they were property and kill gays for being gay overseas, for not using stem cells to save peoples' lives due to illness, and not letting women get the reproductive care they need to save their lives as if women are not worth as much as men. In addition, FOR voting NO on health care reform when an estimated 18,000 people die each year simply because they didn't have and couldn't afford health insurance. There is nothing pro-life or Christian about that. Far from it. Intelligent people are not impressed.

    March 22, 2010 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  11. Michelle

    I am from Rochester, NY! The home and resting place of Susan B. Anthony! I KNOW that Susan is turning in her grave knowing that an organization bearing her name would behave this way! SHAME ON THEM! Susan spent her life trying to raise funds for those who were in need AND women's rights! This organization must be okay with WOMEN being a PRE-EXISTING CONDITION!

    SHAME ON THEM! THEY NEED TO BE ASHAMED FOR MESSING WITH HER LEGACY AND NAME!

    March 22, 2010 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  12. ran

    What we need is a constitutional amendment granting the rights of women to have an abortion if they want one and stop this anti-abortion insanity.

    If you do not want an abortion then do not have one. This issue belongs between a women,her family and her medical provider not the Government or some one's own moral dictate.

    March 22, 2010 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  13. BobH

    We once fought a revolution where one of the battle cries was "taxation without representation is tyrany." We now have passed a healthcare bill where the people were clearly not kept in the loop and little or no information was provided by our representatives. As such, it is obvious we have no representation. I think it is time the "we the people" make some radical changes to our form of government.

    March 22, 2010 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  14. Tom

    Bart the baby killer!

    March 22, 2010 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  15. Rachel

    Thank you, Mr. President! Thank you, Speaker Pelosi. Thank you to all of those Democrats who kept their eyes of the prize for all Americans. Those of us who have suffered the indignities of not having health insurance rejoice in knowing that no other American will have to do so.

    March 22, 2010 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  16. LoveThyNeighbor

    It's sad that abortion is part of our lives but, it's also sad the living women are the ones who have to endure it. Abortion is a reality that I feel only the woman and the man involved need to be discussing. I would not want goverment in my PRIVATE life! Also, it should NOT be used as a means of birth control...Sam.

    March 22, 2010 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  17. Roark

    Message to the middle class: Prepare for big tax increases in the coming years.

    March 22, 2010 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  18. EUNICE C

    The WORLD will not stop because of this health bill - you have people dying everyday and all people are worried about is the cost of this plan - people in this country is shot to hell -- my generations has being paying for programs that was passed by previous admins probably before I was born -– MY SON AS A PRE HEALTH CONDITION AND I WANT HIM TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE -– AND NOW THAT THIS HEALTH BILL HAS PASSED I WILL BE ABLE TO GET HIM INTO A HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN -– AND FOR ALL OF THOSE OUT THERE PROTESTING I HOPE THAT YOU, YOUR FAMILIES WILL NEVER GET SICK AND DON'T EVER SAY YOU WANT GET SICK ----- DEMS HAVE MY VOTE- GO PRESIDENT OBAMA-–GO DEMS

    March 22, 2010 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  19. hobart

    The only thing that will satisfy these antiabortionists is an overturn of Roe v Wade, and a new law that outlaws ALL abortions. They attempted to link basically this all-or-nothing provision to the health care provision, because for them, this is the single most important issue facing the country. Anyone who wants to move on with other issues can just get out of their way. And did you see how quickly they turned on Stupak on the house floor, calling him a "baby killer" on national television. This has nothing whatsoever to do with the intent of the Hyde amendment and everything to do with trying to completely overturn Roe v Wade through the back door.

    Why do Republicans hate America?

    March 22, 2010 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  20. Keith

    A new euphemism....A "stupak" – Showing a total lack of backbone and/or destroying your reputation in hopes of perceived fame.

    March 22, 2010 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  21. Wanda

    What's new? Beginning with Eve people have made deals with the devil. Let's see how many people cry and whine now when our taxes go sky high and they can't see a doctor. But that is ok because Obama is great. NOT!!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  22. Useyourbrain!!!

    In the first place, abortion is NOT a political issue...it is strictly a personal issue..it should never have been a part of the health reform debate!!!!

    March 22, 2010 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  23. Steph

    If you haven't heard Bart Stupak's speech last night, please take a few minutes this morning to watch it. He is a very brave man! Thank you Representative Stupak.

    March 22, 2010 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  24. mbostics

    ITIS crazy how long it took to pass healthcare reform.

    March 22, 2010 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  25. Mark

    Stupak is a complete moran.

    An executive order can never trump federal law or else the President could order anything he wants without regard to Congress. The last time I looked we were still a government of co-equal branches however with brainless wonders like Stupak its hard to say they are really equal.

    When the first woman is denied a tax subsidized abortion and successfully sues to enforce her rights under federal law Stupak will finally learn how he has been, shall we say, "Stupaked"

    March 22, 2010 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
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