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Stupak award rescinded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 An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President's whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders.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

    "I stood on my principle. I don't need an award."

    ENOUGH SAID.

    Good for you Stupak.

    March 22, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Sarge in Florida

    All these so called Christians who are claiming That Obama is a socialist have a rude awaking. If they truly read their Bible they would see with their own eyes that Jesus speaks of Socialism over 20,000 times.And how we should help the poor. If you don't believe me go get your Bible and starting cutting out the passages that he preaches. Remember those of you without sin, throw the first stone. Just because you found Christ it DOES NOT make you a better person or to Judge others actions. People this is GODS job not a human being one. Ahem

    March 22, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. Steve

    Stupak is toast and will be looking for a job next election cycle.

    March 22, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. Mr. Moderate

    Pro life movement – don't you see how much you are being USED by the Republican party? Since Roe v Wade, the Republican party has controlled the White House for all but 13 years, they controlled Congress for 14 years and the Executive and Legislative branches for 6 years and yet abortion is as legal as ever. The simple truth is that they don't want to outlaw it! It's a very effective political tool to keep you on their side! If they did meet your goals, it would energize the Democratic party, it would be the pro-choice movement marching on Washington. You are being USED.

    March 22, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. doug

    Stupak is not a republican drone.Whomever doesn't go along with the republican hate mongers is quickly politicaly and socialy criticized. The president of The Susan B Anthony club is a far right hipocritical moron.

    March 22, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. gt

    an before the cock crowed three times " you will denie me".... i have never been more sad at this betrail .....i watch rep stupack in etbn ,,, i just cant believe it....

    March 22, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. Tram

    Abortion is LEGAL.

    It's a woman's body, it's a woman's decision.

    This decision is often made after a great deal of thought and sadness. Others should NOT inject themselves into the decision. The government has no right to determine what a woman would do in such a case.

    March 22, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. Copying From The Smart Kid in Class?

    Checkmate. President Obama Wins. Respect his political prowess.

    March 22, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. Pat in IL

    Stupak's issue was paying for abortions with federal money, and he got that taken out of the health care bill. So what's the problem? The anti-abortion people obviously have other agendas and like to fight just to fight. I'd think they would have better things to do.

    March 22, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. Tom C in NY

    This lunatic fringe group should check the polls, as a clear majority of Americans do not agree with them and are not wanting to outlaw abortion in all circumstances. They should go crawl back under the rock from where they came, leave the rest of us alone, and stop telling women what to do with their bodies.

    March 22, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. CNN=corporate non-news

    These pro-life nutjobs and the republicans in general need to understand one thing. When they say things like "the American people don't want this", or "the democrats better be careful how they vote for fear of upsetting their constituency", do they really believe that the ENTIRE constituency of the democrat in question, or even a majority, believe that health care reform is the mark of Satan?

    I AM A CONSTITUENT OF BART STUPAK, LIVING IN HIS CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, AND I AM GLAD THAT HE FINALLY CAME TO HIS SENSES AND OFFERED HIS SUPPORT FOR THE BILL.

    Three things I've noticed generally about republicans: (1) they are incredibly loud; (2) they are sore losers – although they got their rears handed to them in November of 2008 (yes coming up on two years now) they still haven't gotten over it; (3) they spend most of their time in denial. When I hear McConnell say, ad nauseum, that this bill is disasterous for the american people, the democrats better think twice before doing something like this, blah blah blah... I know that he is simply rehashing the talking points of his real constituency – the corporate health insurance industry – OUR NEWEST ENEMY!!!

    LET THE WAR BEGIN!

    March 22, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. THE TRUTH

    I am deeply saddened that Marjorie Dannenfeiser would do this. This just screams of hypocrisy. These people are sick. I guess they probably would look the other way when a child is being molested in the church oh oops thats right it's been going on for years! You people are corrupt and GOD will be judging you. I applaud Stupak for his stance and his vote on helping the unborn, the mother, others.

    March 22, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. ProfBill

    I was angry that Rep. Stupak was holding health reform hostage. After his excellent PUT DOWN of Republican OBSTRUCTIONISM, I will contribute to his re-election!

    March 22, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. Brian

    Good for you Congressman Stupak. You stood up for what you believe in and did something positive for the Amercian people.

    March 22, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. Mary in Las Vegas

    This guy is a traitor and doesn't deserve the award.

    He has relied on a "promise" from Obama to write an executive order, but Obama can just as easily write an executive order and take it away. A promise is not a law, and an executive order is not a law. Stupak should have stuck to his principles if he has any.

    March 22, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Take your award and shove it where the Sun Don't Shine........there are some decent people that vote for what is Right instead of voting just so they can receive awards.........Thanks Stupak and all the other Democrats that voted for this Health Care Reform

    March 22, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    Why would he want to be associated with a bunch of busy-body fanatics who don't care about babies once they are born to mothers who either put them up for adoption, abandon them, or worse? All they care about is when they are "unborn." After that they are not interested except to call them and their mothers "drains on society"

    March 22, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. Yooper

    Born in Ishpeming, MI and now living in SC, with a son & daughter-in-law laid off without health insurance, a daughter and son-in-law with a child who has SMA and they worry about changing jobs for fear of being denied health care due to "pre-existing condition," a third child with a son with mild asthma that saw their health insurance go up $1440 per year, and a very healthy prostate cancer surviver myself of 5 years who had to pay way too much for health insurance - Mr. Stupak you get my family's award for being a great American Hero! Thank you.

    March 22, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. sue

    He caved to pressure. He should never get an award.

    March 22, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Dean

    I'm sure Bart is gonna loose a lot of sleep over this one....Not.
    It's real simple people If you don't like abortion Don't get one.

    March 22, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Steve

    Well, it appears that the "Susan B. Anthony List" is really just a thin disguise for the "Republican Party"... With their comments about the president, it is clear that their objective is more political than ethical. They should be applauding even louder for Stupak. Idiots.

    March 22, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. Right Leaning Independent

    Your 5 minutes of fame are over Stupak!

    March 22, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. wwf

    His vote was worth more than any award. He voted for ALL those living and unborn.

    March 22, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. rosslaw

    Stupak should not be the least surprised by the rigid, my way or the highway, I speak for God attitude of his erstwhile anti-abortion allies who have no problem whatsoever denying health care once the sacret fetus turns into just another disposible child.

    March 22, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. will h.

    I'm glad CNN finally called pro-life groups what they are; "Anti-abortion rights".

    March 22, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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