March 23rd, 2010
08:11 PM ET
11 years ago

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="'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, 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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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. LetsBeCivil

    So, he wants to let "grandma" and other who cannot get or afford health care to die.

    March 23, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. Mike in NYC

    I'm ambivalent on abortion, but I admire his not doing the disavowal two-step.

    If you feel sure about what you did, don't apologize. It makes you look weak, and only earns you the contempt of your opponents. Whites in particular need to understand this, since they typically have more of a need to "be nice" and smooth over hurt feelings, even at the expense of their own honor. Non-whites, OTOH, seem to have no such compunction.

    March 23, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. Mark

    You can't always stop stupidity.

    March 23, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. LouieD

    Hey, Neugebauer! As someone who was once an unborn child: stop "speaking out" on my behalf!

    March 23, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. Jeremy Williams

    since he actually said "it's a baby killer" don't you think you should change the first paragraph to read differently so it is not so OBVIOUSLY slanted with political opinion?

    March 23, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. thehalls

    As far as I am concern Neugenbauer used a child to get what he want. He do not care about anyone but him self.

    March 23, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. lucy from lancaster

    Oh, please keep it up. And please encourage the attorney generals to sue all the states. And please keep on having ugly tea parties and making fun of people with parkinson's disease and spitting on congressmen. Because nothing scares me more than a government run by Cheney, Boehner and Cantor.

    March 23, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. blujojo

    I admire your stand for the sanctity of life and the protection of the unborn. Keep up the good fight. There are many of us who feel the same way and are with you. blujojo

    March 23, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. sheppard

    sir – you are allowed your beliefs without doubt. If you don't want to be considered a disgrace – you might want to find a better way to express them.

    March 23, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Judy Sedgeman

    It's too bad he doesn't have the same passion for the born, suffering without health care coverage.

    March 23, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. I am Newt Limebaugh

    I think "baby killer" is speaking loud hate monger.

    Just like "You lie" Wilson...make sure your "apology" is fake and followed up by asking for campaign donations.

    What a pasty faced wimp!!!!!!!!!!

    Gee...I am not even in Congress and I can control myself better than the GOP nutjobs.

    I will contribute money to this guy if he will promise to leave Texas and go to lame brain hypocrite...ooops..I apologize

    March 23, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. dumbrepublican

    Well duh Republican dumbness has no limit

    March 23, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. double standard

    Plain and simple ....JERK !!!!!

    March 23, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. Perusing-through


    Look how Neugebauer spin this issue. No one is asking Neugebauer to shut up! They are telling him to show respect to a fellow Congressman. After all, a Congressman is expected to be a role model for character and professionalism.

    The issue is Neugebauer's unprofessional decorum and respect for a fellow Congressman in the sanctity of the nation's house of law-making.

    March 23, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. Andy

    Thank you. Someone left in this country with a backbone.

    March 23, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. Larry

    Come on people...don't fall for this again....this guy is a complete joke. He says I am sorry for my idiot outburst...on an BTW Donate Now...oh. him the door and send him your pledge to vote against him whenever he is up for re-election. This has nothing to do with Rep/Dem, this is just being an honest/public servant.

    March 23, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. Curious

    will this man also support welfare for when the mother of the unborn in question, is unable to support her child or if god forbid there is something wrong with the unborn? or if she is forced to marry the father because of ridiculous concern about judgment on her behalf?
    abortion should not be used as birth control but people are fighting for their CHOICE in a very confusing and personal time for the woman in question..

    March 23, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. Jackalope

    Of course he won't shut up–he's a southern white good 'ol boy. That's what they do–run off at the mouth.

    March 23, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    How on Earth do buffons like this, DeMint, Liar Wilson, and of course, John McCain, who has promised not to work for the good of Americans, ever get elected?

    March 23, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Memo to lunatics: the healthcare bill has nothing to do with abortion

    March 23, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. Marge

    Typical bully. Republicans. Think they own the world, don't care about the people in this country. Why does this guy think he has the right to scream and whine and jump up and down with his views. He was elected to represent the people in his district not DO WHAT THE HADES HE WANTS. But then that's the reasoning of republicans I AM THE ONE!! THE DEVIL WITH MY DISTRICT.

    March 23, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  22. Jamie R

    He doesn't have to stop advocating his position, but he really should grow up.

    March 23, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  23. Laverne

    Yea, you will continue to speak out as long as those dumb republicans keep the money coming, shame on you for your behavior, shame on your for being a representative who display such ugliness!

    March 23, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  24. Michael

    Funny, he wasn't yelling out "baby killer" when babies were being blown to hell over in Iraq or wherever. Attach "war" to the event and all is good. Millions of innocent living and breathing people, including babies, dead and gone and it's, "oh well". But terminate the pregnancy of an UNBORN, NOT LIVING, POTENTIAL HUMAN and it's the end of the world. What a bunch or ignorant asses. Nobody is celebrating an abortion but in many instances it's unfortunately the best thing to do. And if GOD has a problem with it I guess the people doing it will have to answer to him not any buffoon here on this earth.

    March 23, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. Russ, Benton, AR

    He will speak with the same passion because he will never need an abortion.

    March 23, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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