Bart Stupak Defies White House Strong Arm
As reported by LifeNews.com, Cong. Bart Stupak (D-MI) is feeling the heat from the White House over his rejection of the abortion mandate in the Senate health care bill. We all knew this was coming, which is why I wrote my letter of encouragement to Stupak “On the Eve of Battle.”
Between now and mid-to-late January, when the House will finally vote on the bill, Stupak will be a walking target for the pro-Democrat media and the pro-abortion lobbyists who want this health care bill, precisely because it contains abortion funding.
Watch for a rising tide of derogatory comments and stories on Stupak in the mainstream media — the word is out among the leftwingers to take Stupak out, whatever it takes.
Stupak is a former police officer who knows how to take the heat. This is what he said about the White House pressure:
Stupak said that the White House ‘asked me just to hold off for awhile and not to say anything about this language.’
But as soon as the news broke that they had this [compromise], and they got the 60 votes, folks were asking me, and I’m not going to run from the issue; I’m going to stand up and say, ‘Look, here’s my objections. Here – it’s not just my objections – but there’s a number of my [colleagues] who feel strongly about this issue, and these are the parts that have to be fixed.’
Stupak also indicated he is not alone in facing pressure from the Obama administration but that he and his pro-life colleagues in the House will not budge like Nelson did.
‘We’re getting a lot of pressure not to say anything, to try to compromise this principle or belief,’ Stupak told CNS. ‘[T]hat’s just not us. We’re not going to do that. Members who voted for the Stupak language in the House – especially the Democrats, 64 Democrats that voted for it – feel very strongly about it. It’s been part of who we are, part of our make up. It’s the principle belief that we have. We are not just going to abandon it in the name of health care.’
Stupak is going to hang tough; he is not equivocating or leaving himself an opening to compromise. Stupak and his pro-life Democratic colleagues have the votes to bury the health care bill, if the Casey language, rather than Stupak’s, stays in the bill. As Stupak explains,
Well, if all the issues are resolved and we’re down to the pro-life view or, I should say, no public funding for abortion, there’s at least 10 to 12 members who have said, repeatedly, unless this language is fixed and current law is maintained, and no public funding for abortion,’ Stupak told CNS. ‘There’s 10 or 12 of us, and they only passed the bill by 3 votes, so they’re going to be short 8 to 9, maybe 6 to 8 votes. So they [Democrats] do not have the votes to pass it in the House.’
THE HEALTH CARE BILL IS NOT A DONE DEAL! Most of the media is saying that once the bill passes the Senate tomorrow morning it is a fait accompli. Not so.