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Stupak award rescinded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 An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President's whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders.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

    Stupak is as Stupak does!

    Say goodbye in November.

    March 22, 2010 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  2. MS Redhead

    "Stupak told CNN, 'I stood on my principle....'"
    Stupak has no principles. His vote was bought and paid for just like Nelson and Landrieu. What an incredibly corrupt Congress, and I'm talking about BOTH PARTIES.

    March 22, 2010 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  3. charlotte

    I thought Roe v Wade had settled this issue? I am Pro-Life, Pro-Choice but above all Pro-tection..

    March 22, 2010 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  4. Allen in Hartwell GA

    In my opinion the Susan B. Anthony List needs to take on a worthy cause, such as feed the children, if they want to do good. The subject of abortion as a political ploy has hopefully reached its end, and we can get to governing without this hot button issue hanging around.

    March 22, 2010 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  5. jose

    Its funny how so many congressmen decided to vote on principles only after they had a closed doors meeting with president Obama. I guess their principles were reinforced in the talking. I just wander what happened to honesty and truth? and by the way, aborting is the killing of a child no argument about that, but politicians think they can change the nature of things with their arrogants ways of doing things. Well I guess that is what we voted for when electing those characters.

    March 22, 2010 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  6. jojomcgee

    He stood on priciple ? What a load of crap.

    CNN has stood with Obama from the very beginning. The fawning over Obama by Blitzer and Cooper. The skewed discussion panels on almost every show. Even Dana Bash going nearly orgasmic over the corrupt Dingell live and on air Sunday night.

    You can not rape the American people the way CNN and the Democrats and Obama have and except their to be no consequences.

    The American republic was overthrown last night by the consortium of beasts mentioned above. The Constituion is not a suicide pact. All is about the breaketh forth.

    March 22, 2010 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  7. james

    he did the right thing for this country and for the people thank you for your dedication!

    March 22, 2010 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  8. Derrick Johnston

    I was flipping thru the channels and watched the democrat arm of the DNC propaganda machine this morning and was reminded why me and millions of other Americans stopped watching DNCNN.
    A 10 minute spiel by a couple on how great ObamaCare was for their child. Followed by a 5 second ADMITTION that their child ALREADY is eligible and receiving Medicare. So they ALREADY ARE RECEIVING government funded healthcare, even before Obama's trillion dollar scam.

    P.S. Everyone with a brain already knows that Republicans already talked about pre-existing conditions like this would have been passed almost a year ago, had Democrats only tried to pass the useful small parts in their bill that started out as a Government run "public option".
    So once again, DNC NN continues to spew the DNC propaganda.
    Instead of even asking, "What do you mean your son is already covered on Medicare? Even before their Obama's bill passed?

    March 22, 2010 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  9. I Love America

    Did anyone really think this guy and his followers were not going to cave in the end?

    March 22, 2010 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  10. zanny

    Good for you Mr. Stupak – I am so sick of the Republicans and their half truth tslk or bold face lies. The only reason we do not have an outstanding health care bill that really and truly reforms health care and stops the greedy insurance industry lies directly on the backs of the republicans. Their full out refusal to cooperate in any form hss led us to this. Name calling and petty actions is all they have left. I truly thought John Boener's head would spin around in circles when the vote was complete and I know Rush will have a hissy fit all day today because all of his trash talk didn't work. YEAH!!! In five years he will be gone and living in Costa Rica He promised and he is suppose to be a man of his word. Thank you Mr. Stupak you are not a baby killer you helped 30,000 people get health insurance.

    March 22, 2010 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  11. Stephen Howard

    Rep. Stupak, is a Political hack. He did not stand by his principals as I saw him speak on TV. He is a LIAR. When Abortion is paid by the US Government and my Taxes along with everyone else's, I want to see what he says to that. Will he be upset. He is NO man this country can count on. He needs to be run out of office. November is Comming and I hope the Republicans or Liberterians can come in and Sweep out this nest of Anit American Fools, in Congress.
    I hate the fact that our country has gone Socialist. I have lived in Social Democratic Countries. Nice as they are, They were at the time NEVER the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
    We are now going down that slippery slope of the destruction of our Country.
    LIVE FREE OR DIE!

    March 22, 2010 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  12. Gil Oberdas

    More extremist right wing religious nuts who are soar losers. Stupak supported the presidential announcement that no federal money will be used for abortions. What do they want a resurrection?

    March 22, 2010 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  13. MP--VA

    So, let me get this straight. An anti abortion group rescinds it's award to Stupak who opposed the Health Care Reform Bill because it, in his opinion, supported federal funding of abortion, but then supported it after President Obama signs an order saying there will be no federal funding of abortion as a result of this legislation??? On top of this he gets called "baby killer" while making a speech on the House floor? Who are these people and why aren't they in rehab?

    March 22, 2010 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  14. Derrick Johnston

    Is DNCNN going to interview all 1,000 people helped by ObamaScare for the first 5 years? While trying to hide the FACT that even if this crap isn't ruled unconstitutional, or if Obama's "Executive Order" to CHANGE a bill in the Legislative Branch, so that supposed Pro-Life Democrats can have cover to stop the political damage of supporting Obama's crap isn't found to violate the seperation of branches in the Constitution, they'll be receiving nothing for 5 years except the bill in higher taxes and hidden additional fees.

    The few actually helped immediately could have been passed in a bipartisan bill that would costs less than the interest on ObamaScare, and could have had a few items that actually bring down healthcare costs.

    March 22, 2010 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  15. Gil Oberdas

    More soar loser right wing religious nut cases. He agreeded to the Presidents mandate that no federal funds will be used for abortions. However, most Americans still support a womans right to choice.

    March 22, 2010 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  16. Jack Adam

    Hats off to the lawmakers for passing this bill. I am a pro-life republican but was all for this healthcare reform. Stupak's award means nothing when millions of Americans die for lack of healthcare or lead a lower quality life for lack of it.
    Hopefully his award will be a " relected verdict " and for those gutless rest of lawmakers (democrats and republicans who are aligned with lobbists and special interest groups) a loss.

    March 22, 2010 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  17. Derrick Johnston

    Comments are mderated and censored by DNCNN and may not appear on this blog until they have been reviewed and deemed appropriate for posting.

    OOPS, I read the fine print. No way my last 2 messages revealing how the propaganda arm of the DNC failed to ask even 1 question about a couple who just admitted their child ALREADY is receiving government funded healthcare thru Medicare, even before ObamaScare passed, gets posted. Once DNCNN censors read it and block it, so that their brainwashed remaining few viewers reads the truth.

    Sorry for wasting my time, trying to educate people with the facts.

    March 22, 2010 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  18. Right Leaning Independent

    Let the taxing of the middle clas begin! I can not wait for you folks to see your tax bill go up to support this bill! All the "cost" saving mechanisms put in the bill to show it reducing the deficit will never be enacted by any future congress meaning you folks looking for a freebie are getting ready to have to pay for your "free" health care!! Karma is going to be sweet!!

    March 22, 2010 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  19. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    You have to give credit to Fox, the health insurance industry and the GOP for spending millions of dollars to make sure health reform was defeated. In the end, our elected officials voted for the American people. By the way, Agent Orange Boner's final remarks were more like the rants of the town drunk. They should have shut the bar down on Sunday.

    March 22, 2010 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  20. Michael K

    The Susan B. Anthony List has revealed their true intent. They are not interested in recognizing attempts to limit abortion. It is obvious they are in the pocket of the Insurance industry. Their own words highlight this truth:

    "The executive order on abortion funding does absolutely nothing to fix the problems presented by the health care reform bill"

    Baldfaced hypocrites.

    March 22, 2010 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  21. Right Leaning Independent

    We can not pay for all the entitlements that we provide today and now we have expanded the entitlement program in the US. I sure hope you folks like paying more taxes to the government!

    March 22, 2010 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  22. Austin

    Doesn't seem like it is worth having if you can give it then take it back because things are not the way "you" want them. Think he is better off staying as far away from this organization as possible. Sounds so childish!

    March 22, 2010 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  23. A. Goodwin

    The fact of the matter, is that with better health care...perhaps the rate of abortions will go down. Think about it – young women who have not had access to health care and contraception can now get it. Woman who want the morning after pill – can get it.

    Healthcare for all = less abortions!

    March 22, 2010 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  24. Mark in Atlanta

    Yup, Bart. These are your friends. The fanatics now yelling "baby killer" at you. These are the people you were willing threaten health care reform for. You diserve everything you get, Bart,

    March 22, 2010 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  25. U know what?

    This isn't an abortion bill people. I sure enjoyed watching the republicans squeel yesterday. They are all on the wrond side of history.

    March 22, 2010 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
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