March 22nd, 2010
03:09 AM ET
11 years ago

'Baby killer' shouted at Democrat after bill's passage

(CNN) - Someone shouted "baby killer" Sunday as an anti-abortion Democratic congressman was speaking on the House floor shortly after the chamber passed a sweeping health care reform bill with his help.

It wasn't clear from whom the shout came.

Rep. Bart Stupak, who opposed the bill over its abortion language until he reached a deal with the White House on Sunday, was speaking against a Republican motion to effectively kill the passed legislation Sunday night when several congressmen shouted him down.

As the speaker asked for the interruptions to stop, someone yelled "baby killer."

Congressmen groaned, and someone shouted, "Who said that?"

Just days earlier, Stupak, D-Michigan, was a hero of anti-abortion House Republicans who opposed the health-care bill. Stupak led a group of other anti-abortion Democrats who rejected the bill because they said it would allow federal funding for abortions beyond the current limits of cases of rape, incest or if the mother's life is in danger.

The objection threatened to scuttle the bill's chances in the House. But on Sunday, Obama struck a deal with the anti-abortion Democrats, saying he would issue an executive order to ensure that existing limits on federal funding of abortion remain in place.

That won the support of the anti-abortion Democrats, and the bill passed Sunday night on a 219-213 vote.

After the bill passed, Republicans introduced a motion that sought to send the bill back to committee and amend its abortion language, language that Stupak originally wanted. Stupak spoke against the motion, leading to the shouts from some Republicans.

The motion did not pass.

The "baby killer" outburst came about six months after Rep. Joe Wilson, R-South Carolina, yelled "you lie" to Obama during the president's speech to Congress. The House passed a resolution that month admonishing Wilson.

- CNN's Brianna Keilar contributed to this report.

Filed under: Bart Stupak • Health care • House
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. diana NJ

    This is another case of the GOP showing their ignorance. Not reading the bill or just plainly showing disrespect for their office

    March 22, 2010 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  2. timothy

    the only baby killers i see are the republicans for denying babys health cover .its the republicans that are the baby killers . bill oriely should be arested bye the police foe inciteing people to murder with this extream language , as he started it with dr tiller . how irrsponsible can someone be . remember oriely kalled him tiller the baby killer . repubs love war they are the party ofn death .notice how with the gop the cost and deficit never matters then . all they do is lie and do the bidding of the private corpret companys .

    March 22, 2010 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  3. AnaHadWolves

    Just when you think that the Republicans and their toadies cannot sink any lower into the muck, mire and manure...they do! They have to be the most arrogant, most offensive and most ignorant creatures on earth. They think that only THEY are Americans and that any opinion other than theirs is in error and anti-American.

    How sad that anyone even listens to their bleatings!

    March 22, 2010 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
  4. Willy Brown

    Stupak is a progressive hiding as a bluedog democrap.

    March 22, 2010 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  5. Gary

    Sounds like Joe Wilson to me!

    March 22, 2010 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  6. Justin in the ATL

    Ouch!!! He doesn't need to worry, this thing will be tied up in the courts for years to come.

    March 22, 2010 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  7. Chris

    The Right Wing in this country seem bound and determined to drag political discourse down to its lowest level.

    March 22, 2010 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  8. Gary

    Probably from that idiot Nunes. He had the most viral mouth yesterday. Every time he opened his mouth he showed his ignorence.
    Nunes, you are hateful, ignorant and just wrong. I hope California wakes up. They usually don't like your kind of crap.

    March 22, 2010 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  9. Michelle

    I have noticed that the coward has not stepped forward!

    March 22, 2010 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  10. LoveThyNeighbor

    It does not matter WHO shouted it, it was an immature/selfish act. Did it come from a lady? I should think not! How is it that it is always the men who want to tell women what they can and can't do with THEIR OWN bodies!? What if a woman told a man HE needed to get circumcized and HE had NO right to have his say!? REAL men would have "THE SAY" BEFORE they commit the act of transfering the sperm!...Sam

    March 22, 2010 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  11. Coherent1

    This is evidence that the rejection os the bill by some was not about the American people, but the blatant attempt at waterlooing the president. Stupak agrees with Republicans on abortion and stood up on that principle. He should have been applauded.

    March 22, 2010 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  12. double standard

    Funny...Never heard that yelled when Brown won the seat in Mass !!!
    He's a baby killer !!! Get a life GOP !!!

    March 22, 2010 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  13. billy

    Unbelievable behavior from a Republican. My 3 year old throws fewer tantrums.

    March 22, 2010 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  14. floydfix69

    go back too your clan meetings. your in congress act like adult or stfp . gop had every chance too work with obama on this but no we want live in the 1960s. now bring something too the table that help us americans. because if u dont your party is DOOMED. thks too our last pres who put us in trillions of debt. but I still treated him as command in chief. if it was me ill make a example out of u!

    March 22, 2010 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  15. Mark S.

    The party of hate and fear was dealt a severe blow. I guess they didn't spread enough lies.

    March 22, 2010 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  16. Allen in Hartwell GA

    I suppose the Republican who shouted this intelligent phrase doesn't consider the number of babies, children, youngster, teenagers, and young adults that have died as a result of actions by the Republican-led Congress and their Republican president. Talk about hypocrite.

    March 22, 2010 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  17. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Republicans- the war machine party, are better known as military troop killers in unnecessary wars. (current count is over 4300 of our soldiers dead)

    March 22, 2010 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  18. charlotte

    Typical Republician outburst. I think the Republicans and a few Democrats ought to worry about re-election. I will not vote for David Dreier, that is for sure. We have listened to the End of Time from the Republicians for months. They talk about the budget, yet two Bush wars have cost us billions and billions of dollars and a lot of lives. Baby Killer, what about all the babies that have been killed fighting two wars?. Our sons and daughters are fighting and dying for what? So Bush Jr. could fix Big Daddys' mistake, we were two miles from Bagdad in the first Gulf War. ..What happened to the surplus? Ask the next Republician you meet.

    March 22, 2010 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  19. zanny

    Name calling is all you have left!!!! The fact that this bill is not as strong as it could be is your fault Republicans. From day one you have done everything you can to stop this. You have refused to help at all. That you were not consulted or ignored is a bold faced lie. In the beginning John Boener was asked what needed to be in the bill to get the Republicans approval and he listed 4 things. Those 4 things are in there and yet they still say no. Instead of thinking abolut the needs of Americans all you all could think about is defeating the President.Most of your complaints such as fiscal respomsibility, reconcilition would be destroying the Constitution are perfect examples of what happened for 8 years under Bush. Your fiscal irresponsibility for 8 years are why this country is in such bad shape. Your stall tactics are why this has taken so long and now all you have left is whining and name calling. You all are the ones who need to be voted out and by the way people from Minnesota please do not re-elect Michelle Bachmen please

    March 22, 2010 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  20. anthony

    Not sure why the republicants are so angry, when a democratic president affirms the Hyde amendment to make sure federal funds are not used for abortion and also embraced the pooling and tax credit ideas of past republican leaders over single payer. They should be cheering, but instead because his name is Obama and his skin is darker they cant. It just shows how deep thier hatred goes and it has nothing to do with his policies or proposals. Sore Losers.

    March 22, 2010 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  21. vs

    It's sad that Stupid needed to get political cover to come to his senses. I am glad that he did. As for the shout of baby killer, what else could you expect from the thugs that make up the republican party. They are beneath contempt.

    March 22, 2010 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  22. mike

    another republican who is acting like the soccer head joe wilson
    can't they come up with something new if you are going to try on
    keeping there job then i would do something different then just
    being the party of no and shouting remarks for political points

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