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Stupak award rescinded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 An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President's whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders.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

    “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.

    This is completely ridiculous, no one is "pro-abortion." Everyone's pro-life. But you can be pro-life and pro a woman's right to choose at the same time. Just because you support a woman's right to choose doesn't mean you're advocating abortions.

    I find it funny that many, definitely not all, so-called "pro-lifers" fight for the unborn's rights, then after they're born, have no problem denying them healthcare and sending them off to die in an unjust war.

    Obama pushing to pass healthcare reform for all Americans, not just the privileged few, is one of the most pro-life things any of our politicians have done in a long while.

    And don't worry, there won't be any federal funding for abortions. No language alluding to that is even in the bill.

    March 22, 2010 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  2. Motive

    Por Mr Stupak. the pro-lifers loved you, but just like most people that only want to use you, they drop you when they have no more need of you

    March 22, 2010 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  3. nysteeb

    The"pro-life" movement is a fraud. The vast majority of you anti-abortion folks are pro-war and pro-death penalty. In other words, you folks are capital h hypocrits. Quit lying to yourselves, to America, and to God. Start showing as much compassion for the living as you claim to have for the un-born and maybe God will forgive you.

    March 22, 2010 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  4. jat3c

    Is this group able to substantiate the claim that President Obama is "The most pro-abortion president in American history?" If not, this statement substantially erodes their credibility. For six years, President Bush and the social conservatives maintained control of Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court. They made no effort to overturn legalized abortion. Instead, they opted to dangle the promise of overturning abortion in the face of their constituents to maintain political power until they finally lost control altogether. Now, they have been replaced by the crazy teabaggers who could care less about "life" issues. Nix the awards altogether and make an earnest effort to bring about change on behalf of the unborn or just shut up.

    March 22, 2010 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  5. Slider

    So long, Bart. Thanks for showing the country, along with the rest of your little group, that when faced with principle or ideology, a Dem will always choose the latter.

    Thanks Dems. You've now handed over Congress to the Republicans. You will hand over the White House in 2012. You will learn why since the late '60s, this country's House is Republican owned.

    Repeal will be a long, slow process, but it will happen.

    You clowns are going to get a lesson on the word "pyrrhic" and what it entails.


    March 22, 2010 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  6. Susan B. Anthony List is a crock

    “By accepting this deal from the most pro-abortion President in American history...” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List

    Marjorie, you should compare notes with the U.S. Catholic hospitals that supports this same health care reform! (cut/paste as URL)

    Either you or the Catholic hospitals lack the credibility/morality. If it's not you, it's the other party!

    March 22, 2010 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  7. Garrett

    Good for him! Republicants are showing just how classy they are.

    March 22, 2010 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  8. AJ

    Gutsy Stupak – principled and gutsy – good for you!

    March 22, 2010 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  9. HorkusMac


    The photo op of you holding up your little worthless Executive Order will go down in the History books along with the photo of Neville Chamberlain waving the Peace Accord he signed with Adolf Hitler, as he tried to convince Great Britain that it really meant something. Google "Peace in Our Time" and you'll see a frighteningly similar photo as the one of Stupak.

    Don't be afraid TO NOT post this, CNN. The gig's up on you, too.

    ~ Michigan Voter Awaiting November 2010.

    March 22, 2010 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  10. max

    The Stupak deal put it over the top. Without this deal it would not have passed. Stupak is the now the goat.

    We have just witnessed Chicago politics nationwide.

    March 22, 2010 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  11. Alexa

    He should've stood up to the President. Right when I thought there was a decent congressman Stupak goes with the crowd.

    March 22, 2010 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  12. jack

    The pro life lobby lost again. They tried to hold hostage the health care of millions of Americans to further their lost cause of over turning Roe v Wade. This is as under handed as the GOP telling us that there were WMD in Iraq. Or that Saddam Hussein had ties to Al Queda. Just more LIES. When will the minority quit the dirty tactics they use to get their way? In the end they will destroy themselves and hopefully NOT before they destroy America.

    March 22, 2010 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  13. notsosmart

    For the most part, awards are for children and the deceased.

    March 22, 2010 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  14. emma

    Stupak received his 30 pieces of silver, as did many others for their votes on health insurance reform

    March 22, 2010 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  15. timothy

    who cares what the fanatics do , they lied about what the bill says about abortion on the right , no wonder stupak unloaded on the gop taday in the house , their hypocricy knows no bounds . so what about saveing the lives of borne babys who have no cover . the gop arnt pro life , infact what they are is pro death . bye denying health care to babys and children . they love war pro death , have you noticed with the rethugs budgets dont matter when it comes war the cost never matters to them then . the gop the worlds biggest hypocrits .

    March 22, 2010 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  16. RedFeather

    The group is most likely Republican. No laws change to kill the unborn. His vote stopped 1 American from dying every 12 minutes because of lack of health care.

    March 22, 2010 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  17. N. Rolland

    Shame on all those BABY KILLERS! the blood of milions of unborn babies is on your head.History will hold you responsible for the damage your decision will impact on America.

    March 22, 2010 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  18. Pragmatic

    Politics is the art of the possible. Roe v Wade is the law of the land. Somehow the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973, giving constitutional protection to a woman's right to choose an abortion, has survived 23 years of Republican presidents - compared with only 13 years of Democrats.

    Rep. Stupak balanced the benefits for millions of people already born and made his point. Voting "no" would have not accomplished his goal.

    March 22, 2010 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  19. diridi

    well done, award makes no care does...ok, my vote for you stupk...

    March 22, 2010 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  20. Jim 007

    Sad day in America when votes are bought in back room shady deals

    Hopefully, we will now Vote out every single one of these Communist/ Sociality Ego Maniacs who Screwed Us

    Maybe too we can put them all on our new helthcare system

    How about voting on that next ????

    March 22, 2010 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  21. CBR

    Rep. Stupak did what our Representatives should do – he worked with others to be sure that his views were represented without tearing apart the fabric of the Health Care Reform bill.

    It seems as if compromise is becoming a dirty word in politics. More and more politicians want it their way or no way. They cannot not and will not work in a bi-partisan fashion.

    I find it very difficult to believe that not one Republican representative wanted this bill to pass. Like Lemmings, they all followed the party line. Bloc voting is a new phenomenon. Is this what we can expect for the rest of this session of Congress?

    Perhaps it is times for the less vocal constituents to raise their voices and let Congress know we want action and not rhetoric.

    March 22, 2010 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  22. DennisH

    If Mr Stupak's constituents are displeased with his decision then they can vote him out of office his next election cycle.

    Mr. Stupak is a Democrat 1st and foremost so he supported his party with a critical vote. Realistically OBAMA's executive order gives rep. Stupak enough cover to vote yes to the democratic bill.

    Everyone in America, including Mr. Stupak, knows an executive order can be rescinded at anytime w/o congressional approval. Abortion in the future will soon routinely be funding by the government w/o doctors recommendation. Liberals and womens groups have won (thought they cry foul now) and republicans especially conservative Christians are heartbroken. It is what it is. A divided America on religious grounds. Nothing more or nothing less. Good ole America will live on.

    March 22, 2010 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  23. Neutralizer

    I have nothing against abortion including under OBAMACARE, think about it, it is MANDATORY. Therefor, using the same argument those who support medical insurance coverage for abortion; there is NOTHING in the law that will stop the government from ordering those ON WELFARE or dependent on the state to have an abortion. This is like seeing China, EXCEPT this is America.

    About coverage for pre-existing condition, it's only for minors from infant to 17 years old. You thought you've got it made. IF you have a job right now, get ready, your employer will soon give you a pink slip; JOBS WILL BE OUTSOURCED, it is cheaper for companies to have even their tech support done overseas like India or Philippines. They don't have to worry about medical insurance.

    Oh yeah! Here's another thing, I bet you don't mind the IRS and other agencies under this SOCIALIZED MEDICINE will have access to your bank account and WITHDRAW MONEY from your account either you give consent or not. Folks you've just given UP everything, including your right to choose what is BEST for YOU; you've given it up to the FEDERAL GOVT. You people DESERVE what you get.

    March 22, 2010 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  24. Gerald

    Good! give the award to some Repulsivecat. "Defender of Life" should know that Democrats are not usually viewed as pro-life. Republicans are the pro-life (not because of defending a life, but because it means no-government-expense). How ironic, the healthcare bill is meant to save lives but these idiots would rather the bill be killed just because of a minor clause. Look if you don't want an abortion, don't get one!
    By the way, I am pro-choice, but I am against the government paying for it.

    March 22, 2010 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  25. GI Joe

    Sounds fishy to me.

    The people still trying to dictate to women and blacks amazes me.

    Come on in to the 21st century, you old fogies. It's OK.

    March 22, 2010 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
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