March 24th, 2010
08:01 AM ET
3 years ago

In Web video, Neugebauer says he'll continue to speak out

'I'm never going to quit speaking on behalf of the unborn,' Rep. Neugebauer says in a Web video.
'I'm never going to quit speaking on behalf of the unborn,' Rep. Neugebauer says in a Web video.

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Randy Neugebauer, the Texas Republican who sparked controversy when he yelled out 'baby killer' on the House floor Sunday night, is not backing down from his vocal opposition to abortion.

"I'm never going to quit speaking on behalf of the unborn," Neugebauer says in a Web video posted on his campaign Web site.

Referring to his outburst, the Republican also says, "And I will continue to speak with the same passion that I did last night, maybe with a little bit different form, but still with the same intensity."

The video is embedded on the Web page http://www.randyforcongress.com, just above large red button that says "Donate Today."

The congressman thanks his supporters in a note below the video player.

"Thank you for your support and contributions as I stand firm in my commitment against the government takeover of healthcare and for protecting the sanctity of life," he writes.

As Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, delivered a speech Sunday night on the contentious issue of whether the health care reform bill would allow for federal funds to be used for abortions, someone shouted out "baby killer," from the Republican side of the aisle. It was unclear until Monday afternoon who yelled out.

The outburst was immediately interpreted as being directed at Stupak, who staunchly opposes abortion and who led a coalition of anti-abortion rights Democrats that threatened to withhold their support for the health care bill over the issue of abortion funding. Stupak and his like-minded Democrats reached an agreement with the White House on the issue, thus assuring that there would be the necessary 216 votes to pass the bill. Stupak was explaining the terms of the deal when the "baby killer" outburst occurred.

In a statement released Monday, Neugebauer acknowledged that that he was the person who yelled "baby killer." But the Texas Republican said he shouted out "'it's a baby killer' in reference to the agreement reached by Stupak's Democratic coalition.

Neugebauer reiterated his frustration about the agreement reached between the White House and House Democrats in his video.

"Not only did we see the government takeover of your health care, but we saw the lives of unborn children used as a bargaining chip to somehow get the needed votes to pass this legislation," he says.

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