Tuesday, November 10

no federal funds for abortions


Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan (above) is definitely not a Blue Dog. He has principles. He's a pro-life Democrat and Republicans like Indiana's Mike Pence have voiced admiration for the Stupak amendment, which prevents taxpayer dollars from being spent on abortions in new federal programs.
"We won because [the Democrats] need us," says Mr. Stupak. "If they are going to summarily dismiss us by taking the pen to that language, there will be hell to pay. I don't say it as a threat, but if they double-cross us, there will be 40 people who won't vote with them the next time they need us—and that could be the final version of this bill."
Of course, Obama has done on this issue what he does on everything else: Talk out of both sides of his mouth. The President is on record as being committed to "reproductive health care," (think abortion) the new buzz phrase of Planned Parenthood, while also having told a joint session of Congress that "no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions."

[By the way, a better politician would have handled this more smoothly. A better person would have a single position on abortion, not two different versions depending on audience or venue.]

But I digress. Rep. Stupak deserves a lot of credit for standing firm and for nearly defeating the Pelosi health bill that passed in the cover of darkness last Saturday night, 220-215. Sixty three Democrats + Rep. Stupak and all but one Republican voted were part of the 215 opposed to the pathetic Pelosi bill.


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