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Stupak award rescinded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 An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President's whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders.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

    When pressed, Stupak could not site where the Health Care Bill alledgedly covered abortions... "It's in there", was all he could say. Well, it isn't. All this bullstuff going on was for show. And besides, there's this little thing called the Hyde Admendment that has literally been around for decades that prohibits (forbids, get it?) federal funding for abortions.

    How you feel about abortions is your own business. Whether you accept them morally or not is your decision to make. But understand this, abortion is a legal medical procedure. If you don't believe in abortion, don't have one. I have suggested before that folks who insist on protesting at clinics need to expand their protests to include fertility clinics, and to remember that rich women will always be able to have "a procedure". Laws against abortion only punish the poorest and the most vulnerable of our society.

    Keep abortion safe, legal and let's work harder to make them rarely needed. More education, better education is always a good start.

    March 22, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. dan smith

    Mr. Stupak, you have no pricipals sir,and you will be voted out of office come election time.

    March 22, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. Bedtime for Obonzo

    What principles?

    March 22, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. Ann

    The only thing that this proves is that lobbyists try really hard to condition the behavior of politicians, which should be illegal. Our nations' forefathers would be seriously disheartened to learn that we openly accept corruption in this way today.

    March 22, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. dan smith

    Time to vote out all Nazi Democrats.

    March 22, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. jm for sc

    This should show that those anti-abortion groups were not concern about abortion at all. Abortion is used by the Republicans as nothing more than a political advantage on people who are really concern about it. The bill does not allow federal funding for abortion so how is it relative to the useless award?

    President Obama is not pro-abortion. He is pro-choice and should be. Just like God gives each of us a choice, so should man. People are free to make whatever decision they wish; be it good or bad. I do not support abortion, however, that is me. Therefore, I will never have or encourage others to do so. I also realize that abortion is legal and a right given to every other woman to decide upon. Moral values can not be legislated.

    If Stupak is really genuine, he will recieve a reward from above which is the only one that is important anyway.

    March 22, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. JMissal

    ...and let the backlast begin!!! I hope each of these elected officials who voted for passage of this bill is looking for a Plan B in terms of career, because many of them will be buried this November.

    March 22, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. Tim

    We are still behind you Rep. Bart Stupak, who cares what these losers think!!! Go President Obama!!!!

    March 22, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. leapfrog

    If ever there is an issue that divides this nation and leads to bloodshed – as slavery divided the nation in the 19th century – it is the abortion issue. If you ever get a chance to read debate notes from the House and the Senate just prior to the 1860 election, you will see the same level of rancor that we see in Congress today. What was once said is true still – a house divided against itself cannot stand.

    March 22, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. Tom in Va

    Congratulations to Rep Stupak for doing what was right and courageous.

    March 22, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. historian

    Rep. Stupak really earned my respect as a man of principle. He stood up for his belief and was willing to seek a solution. The Susan B. Anthony award is certainly not worth further thought -

    March 22, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. jfs Memhis, Tn

    This man deserves a better award. He will receive the gratitude of millions rather than a group. There- in lays the problem....TOO MANY SELFISH SPLINTER GROUPS TRYING TO APPEAR AS A MAJORITY !! The average moderate and TRUELY independent voters are not putting up with nastiness, agressiveness, nor lack of respect any longer. The problem with Washington was the speech we heard last night from Rep Boehner. Sounded like these "INDEPENDENT" disgusted PHONEY demenstrators doesn't ??? I fear that these folks have tried to decieve us......it was all a GOP trick and the American People did not buy it !!!

    March 22, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. Tired

    Say and do exactly what we want...or else....

    March 22, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. kpAT

    One more Dumocrat commits political and moral Hari kari/Seppuku on the house floor.... The ground in November will run Republican Red all over the map.

    March 22, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  15. ElanaJoy

    It's not like federal funding for abortion is going to increase abortions. If someone wants and abortion, they get one, money or no money. And if someone wants to keep the baby, they keep it. Anyone weighing out that decision I hope has many more factors to consider. No one is going to be like, "well, I would keep it, but an abortion is free so hey, why not!" SO unless the issue is more with people not wanting their tax dollars to support something they don't agree with, it a non issue. But as far as that goes, when you give your money to the government, it is not yours anymore. What they decided to do with it is not on your hands. And thank God. I do not want the blood of all the fallen soldiers from our own country, and the civilians we bombed on my hands. Not to mention I do not support all the countless shady deals going on in the wold of politics. I give to Caesar, and he does what he want with it, not my money. SO just don't lend a friend money when she wants an abortion if thats what you're worried about. BTW they are many more effective ways on lower abortion rates than trying to make it illegal. Prevention measures???? How bout trying to lower the mount of unwanted pregnancies (which is most likely the main reason for abortion...)? Think outside the box people! There is a root cause to every problem, abortions are o different.

    March 22, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  16. Earl

    Now we know what Stupak's price is. Enjoy your airports.

    March 22, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  17. this black liberal hates Obama

    GOOD! I wouldn't give a prestigous award to a lying hipercrit like Stupack either.

    He never attended to oppose that bill. Once a lying Dumbocrat always a lying Dumbocrat!

    March 22, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. Tiachi

    Good for you Stupak!

    March 22, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if the beloved president of the lazy dope smokers would say the same things about the Nobel Peace Prize he did not deserve.

    March 22, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  20. Babs

    News flash. No one is "pro-abortion". people ARE anit-choice.
    Abortion is a legal medical procedure remember. If you don't like it, don't have an abortion.
    Funny how so many of the anit-choice crowd is older white men in zero danger of pregnancy.

    March 22, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. this black liberal hates Obama

    You're right, Stupack.

    You don't need an award to know what a PIECE OF TRASH BABY KILLER you are.

    I hope you ROTT!

    March 22, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Herman M

    I'm sure he's survive without the trophy, knowing he helped 35 million children and adults have access to healthcare and protected them from being DROPPED by mega corporate insurers.

    March 22, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  23. mbsoho

    If the Pro-Lifers want to mess with their own lives, so be it. However, they should leave everyone else alone to stand by their own convictions and not have the Pro-Lifers try to force their views on the rest of us. In this instance, "the rest of us" are certainly in the majority of Americans and should not have their lives impacted by "religious whack jobs" and other extremists.

    March 22, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  24. Doug

    Who cares really, the United States is declining so rapidly now, that Congress is meaningless, the country is broke, and people with money are selling their businesses to raise more cash!

    March 22, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  25. jp,michigan

    The award recinded, lol , wait until the the Presidents executive order is recinded. Stupek , you're a joke!

    March 22, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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