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Stupak award rescinded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 An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President's whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders.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

    Keep up the fight Rep.Stupak it was a hard choice,

    March 22, 2010 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  2. No Longer Hopeful in America

    I am sick and tired of abortion politics...from both the prolife and the prochoice sides!

    It is much like Middle East politics. A few zealots on both sides use their own narrow dead end agendas to endanger everyone and to limit progress on much more important goals.

    America has allowed this issue to divide us for decades and it is time to put these single issues bigots on the sideline.

    March 22, 2010 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  3. The Calabash Kid

    Stupak was double-crossed by this Conservative organization. It shows how insistent Conservatives are that every Conservative think and act according to the party line.

    Conservatives want the government to tell women what medical procedures her doctor can perform. I have few to add to the list.

    Any driver who was injured while speeding should not receive medical care. Neither should obese people whose condition is self-inflicted. Likewise alcoholics should not receive medical care. Overweight diabetics should not receive medical care. People with eating disorders should not receive medical care. If Conservatives think the government should tell women what their doctors can do, I think we should expand the list to include all self-inflicted conditions. Pregnancy is not the only one.

    March 22, 2010 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  4. Rick

    Anti-abortionists are extremists. I don't agree with using abortion as a birth control (people who do that need to be imprisoned) but for rape, medical issues that could endanger the woman, etc.. then I am fine with abortion.. and considering I am a guy, my opinion really shouldn't matter anyway..

    March 22, 2010 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  5. LJ

    Stupak stood on principles....LOL..... yeah they all stood on principles.. the principle of ignoring the will of the people, spending this country into poverty, and making sure they lined their own pockets. Time to vote all incumbents out, with a special focus on every member who voted for this bill!

    March 22, 2010 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Hey Stupak... Obama's "executive order" isn't worth the paper it's printed on – and you know it. You're using this as political cover.

    You tried to stand by your convictions. I'll give you that. But when the rubber hit the road, you folded like a cheap suit.

    Good luck in whatever your next career is.

    March 22, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  7. a in austin

    THANKS! For your support on passing healthcare reform.

    March 22, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  8. Ridgeway

    Neuter all liberal males so they can't make any more like them.

    March 22, 2010 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  9. beevee

    In my opinion such awards based on bias are worthless. The organization can keep it or stuff it.

    March 22, 2010 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  10. Reggie

    and the voters will send him home in NOVEMBER along with a lot of other democrats,

    March 22, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  11. Michael

    I'm dissapointed that the health care reform bill includes coverage of abortions. I went looking for the republicans ideas on health care reform and found nothing. They must feel as though everything is okay with the health care industry. The insurance companies must have them in their pockets. Health care costs are out of control so that tells me that the republicans' thinking everything is fine proves how completely out of touch they really are. Either that or they simply do not care for anyone who isn't wealthy.

    March 22, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  12. SIMP

    Marjorie Dannenfelser president of susan b anthony. Your lying statement about President Obama being the most pro-abortion president in american history is a bold face LIE!!. Not one time did this President say he was pro abortion or would put something in the bill for an abortion procedure to be paid by the american people. It uneducated stupid spinsters like yourself that spread vicious lies to further your so call movement. I'ts my body and i do what the hell I want to do with it. Stupak did the right thing the american people need health care. It's ignorant clowns like yourself we are tired of.

    March 22, 2010 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  13. Florida Joe

    Congratulations Rep Stupak. While I may not agree with your ProLife stance at least you had the guts to stand by your principle and the BRAINS to figure out that you had gotten what you need ed to support the bill. The folks that are complaining about your vote would NEVER have voted for this bill even BEFORE they knew what was in it. Obviously they are THE PARTY OF NO, all they want is to defeat Obama and at least you had the courage to do what you thought was right, the Repubs are just a bunch of SHEEP! Imagine voting against the fixes to the Senate Bill....more proof no matter what is done THEY JUST SAY NO NO NO. They had the House and Senate and the Presidency for 8 years....Where were all their GREAT IDEAS????? Same place they are now...NOWHERE

    March 22, 2010 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  14. Really

    For the first time in my adult life, I am not proud to be an American.

    March 22, 2010 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  15. SLP

    Unlike his other collegues who voted 'Yes" for this bill, I believe that Stupak has a conscience. The fact that he went against his principles and had a hand in destroying this country will eat at him for the rest of his life. Maybe that is punishment enough.

    March 22, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  16. Samuel

    Why doesn't Dannenfelser just come out and say the real reason the award was rescinded; which is because Stupak had the moral courage to vote for health care reform? The problem with anti-choice zealots is that they've painted themselves into a corner with a series of absoutisms and they no longer have any credibility.

    March 22, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  17. Daver

    It seems that these awards are becoming less relevant. Susan B Anthony must be rolling over in her grave as "I believe" she stood for woman's rights, Marjorie Dannenfelser as president has the right to say what she has, but probably doesn't speak for all women. What a hypocrite. She and her group must be part of the party of No...

    March 22, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  18. CitizenJP

    Mr. Stupak by his support has saved at the very least 32 million lives that is self aware, walking and breathing and has improved the lives of 95% Americans. He has already earned his biggest award by doing the right thing. Thank you Mr. Stupak!

    March 22, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  19. Alex

    Why are people so surprised that Stupak rolled over? Heck look at Kucinich. Democrats are notorious for flips floppin as exemplified by Barack Obama. Can't wait for November to send as many packin as possible. And NO I'm not a Republican.

    March 22, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  20. CitizenJP

    If the Anti-abortion Organization was truly for defending life, then they would defend the life that is self-aware, walking, and talking on earth before they defend any potential life. They would reduce suffering of the living. They would stop the killing of animals for fun. What utter hypocrisy!!!!

    Mr. Stupak, by supporting the bill, you proved that you are one of the biggest defenders of life.

    March 22, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  21. AXH

    Good, he's nothing but a sell out!

    Vote him out of office!

    That's our last defense on this mess!

    Vote them all out!!

    March 22, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  22. Eva from Tampa

    Rep Stupak did the right thing. He is a Congressman who is Catholic, not a Catholic Congressman. He stood on principle and perhaps he will realize that many of these zealouts who cloak themselves in pro life extremism are violent and hateful.

    March 22, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  23. ERIC

    Stupak is a baby killer, just like the socialist Obama. It's funny that USA is losing it's AAA credit rating the day we turned socialist. It is the death knell of the Democratic party. I hope the rest of us will be able to survive their tyrannical policies.

    March 22, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  24. Tom

    They can take that award and shove it up!!!! Don't they care about millions of people dying without proper health care ???

    March 22, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  25. Minnesotan

    Pro-Life people scare me. They're willing to bomb a clinic and kill dozens of people, just to support their ideology..... just like the Taliban and other terrorists.

    March 22, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
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