March 22nd, 2010
02:10 PM ET
12 years ago

Stupak award rescinded

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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 An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President's whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders.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. U.S. Common Sense

    Which principle? Party loyalty or blocking federal spending on abortions? It has to be the first one since the Executive Order doesn't change the language of the Senate bill.

    March 22, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. MikeH

    Stupak's freedom may be rscinded as soon as the details on how "The Family" bribed Stupack. Of course CNN won't post any of that just like CNN won't report of the Republican Party being served with a subpoena concerning a bribery investigation of Senator Ensign.

    March 22, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Anonymous

    umm anti-abortion is that the liberal term for pro-choice?

    March 22, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. The Former Republican-Mr. Smith

    take your little paper award...his reward will be in Heaven.....thanks Stupak for doin gthe right YES....

    March 22, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Brink

    Thanks, Rep. Stupak, for standing tall. The Susan B. Anthony List members should be spending more time helping for uncared for children and less time giving out awards and playing politics.

    March 22, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Sabrina

    Caved!!!!!! No back bone... vote them all out.

    March 22, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. al in memphis

    Stupak was the only one leading a charge to hold out until more could be done in favor of clarifying abortions would not be a part of this health care bill. Not until yesterday's process that allow people "photo ops" and getting before the camera did I hear of any other person saying anything against this bill based on principle of anti-abortion. It was just a political football for them to play with when then wanted it for furture bad press.

    I'm glad Stupak stood on his principles and at the same time made some effort to be a part of the solution. It was a litle insulting to see that other people only want to use Stupak's principles in an effort to kill the bill which means they were really standing behind saying the unborn- only saving the insurance companies.

    March 22, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Kent in CA

    'I understood the infamous spiritual terror this movement exerts... at a given sign it unleashes a veritable barrage of lies and slanders against whatever adversary seems most dangerous.' - Adolf Hitler
    Thank you Mr Stupak for not succumbing to the tyrannical tirades of those who would spread their lies and slanders. We need people of good conscience leading the way. I hope people in your district recognize your courage and conviction and do not allow themselves to be swayed by those who will use spiritual terror against you.

    March 22, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Jon Stephens, Palo Alto, CA

    Congressman Stupak gets a hug. The GOP gets a withered lemon. Pelosi and team gold stars. Romney can go comb his hair and give his dog a ride.

    March 22, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. double standard

    Maybe they could give it to Brown of Mass.....

    March 22, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. KSue

    This guy Stupak, (boy is the name fitting), sold out! What is wrong with the Gov. and whats wrong with Americans? to put up with all this crap being shoved down the peoples throats? Last I checked we are FREE, We must stand up America, fight, remember 'We the People'! Our world is goin to Hell in a hand basket for sure! And why dont they really tell us whats going on? Come on someone! where's Jack? But, one thing I don't understand is how will this new Health Bill create so many JOBS??
    K.Sue/ Okie.

    March 22, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Viet.Vet.

    So what, these holier than thou right to so call life people are as hypcocritical as the Repug party. I don't see these hypcocrites running to the shelters and adoption agency or assistng pregnant women who are in need, You don;t hear about any support given to battered mothers with children in shelters, you don't see them railing about sending young men and women to wars where they may die or any complaints about the death penalty. The only thing these hypcorites care about is make believe life and to hell with the real living people!!

    March 22, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. Marc

    So... Even if he managed to get it clear that no abortion would be funded with federal dollars (which was clearly unnecessary since it's illegal to do that anyway), he should have done what this lady wanted him to do to get the award?
    For once I liked what Stupak did AND said.

    March 22, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. ED FL

    Is that organization about Susan B Anthony. what did she ever accomplish. OOh she was the reason for the spectacle Silver dollar that just sticks in everybody's mind. Stupak did what was right he thought about the Millions who will benefit from the plan and not the greedy,selfish right wing kooks that compose the tanning Dude and Cantor along with the senator from one of the least educated states along the BIBLE BELT.

    March 22, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. munchmom

    Good–let the consequences begin and continue through 2010 all the way till 2012. I'm for ANYBODY other than Obama in 2012!!!

    March 22, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Bubble of Sanity

    My hat is off to all Democrats who voted as human beings instead of partisan sheep. They are the most noble of all the politicians we currently have. A "no" vote at this stage meant they resisted the graft of bribery, the strong-arm tactics of presidental gangster Rahm Emanuel, and the threats from thier own party leaders.

    Some Republicans may also deserve the accolades too, but they are harder to see since many were just voting "party line."

    May we have more people like the courageous Democratic legislators who stood by their conscience and their constituency and voted against one of the ugliest pieces of legislation ever to force itself on the American people. May their tribe increase. I would vote for any of them.

    [I tried to post this in a more appropriate place, but it seems that this ticker was closing comments faster than I could post. It must be a big day of people saying what most media does not want to hear].

    March 22, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. FL for Change

    Who cares about this stupid award. History states that Susan B. Anthony fought for women's rights. Wouldn't that right be for a woman to choose? Seems that an Anthony award given to someone who did not support a woman's right to choose would be an oxymoron. Instead, the committee has proven themselves to be morons. Thank you Congress for FINALLY caring about Americans and not big business. I will be campaigning and donating to every Democratic candidate this year and 2012. The party of "NO" is not for us...they are only for the lobbyists who fund their disgusting behavior.

    March 22, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Bill

    For this man to say that he stood for his "principle" is a disgrace. He stood for nothing. In the end, he folded and step in line with his party. Either he's a liar or doesn't know the law. Since he's a legislative law maker, I have to assume he's a liar. He was looking for a way out, a way to justify his "yes" vote on the bill. An executive order (if there will be one) will be trumped by the law. The bill he voted yes on is the law of the land now. It really doesn't matter if Obama issue an executive order, it would be meaningless. If he had such reservations with the Senate Bill with what he claimed "language that would allow federal funding of abortion" then why would he vote for its passage without change? A promise of executive order that he knows will be overwritten by the law based on the bill. This man is a coward. Voters should remember this when he's up for reelection. We need people with "REAL" principle.

    March 22, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |

    That's right, Mr. Stupak: You don't need an award to validate your work or your stand. The Suan B Anthony list and all their supporters can go to hell with their hatred.

    March 22, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Robert

    Why do you keep this "negative" news for Dems at the top of the ticker, despite new stories. This seems like bias, or at least intentionally trying to stir up controversy to capitalize on. Shame on you, CNN.

    March 22, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Kevin in Ohio

    What an idiot....he fell for President Obama's "executive order", which carries ZERO weight at all. I wonder what other Chicago-land type threats were made by the administration.

    March 22, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Bruce

    This sounds like someone at the The Susan B. Anthony List organization was trying to bribe and extort Mr. Stupak for his vote. That's got to be a crime!!!

    March 22, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Jon

    Know what? As much as I think this guy is dead wrong on abortion rights, he did the right thing for both his own beliefs and for the benefit of the nation. And if it means that he may lose his job, he did a very brave thing.

    He ends up being a hero. Doing right for the benefit of others, to the detriment to himself.

    March 22, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. John A. Worth

    Stupak stands behind millions of people who will now get fair, affordable LIFESAVING health insurance. The Republicans are embarrassed that they have only stood in the way and tried to block this intelligent, life affirming policy from moving forward. What a sad pitiful group of bad losers they are.

    March 22, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Russ, Benton, AR

    Bart Stupak did what he knew was best for our country, others should do the same instead of having a religious or political agenda.

    March 22, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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