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Stupak reflects on the misuse of abortion against health reform: Addendum

Rep. Bart Stupak explains in Newsweek his disappointment over the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ reaction when he asked their support for “an executive order confirming that no federal money would support abortion:”

No, no, no, no, they said. We need statutory law. But an executive order can have the full force of law, I said. Lincoln used one to free the slaves. George W. Bush used one to block stem-cell research using human embryos. And President Obama assures me that this is “ironclad.” Besides, I said, it’s time to negotiate or lose our chance to shape the bill. Help me with it? No, they said. Won’t you at least look at it? No.

That call changed my relationship with the pro-life movement. In the 18 years I’ve been in Congress, pro-life Democrats like me have delivered, working out compromises that protect human life. Now we had the most important piece of legislation for our movement yet—with pregnancy prevention, prenatal and postnatal care, and care for kids—and we couldn’t get support.

That, from his time in “health care hell,’ is ultimately what hurt the most. He said:

It’s that people tried to use abortion as a tool to stop health-care reform, even after protections were added.


Mark Silk, commenting on the same piece, certainly gets it right:

Stupak accuses bishops … of using abortion to oppose health care reform.

May 11, 2010 - Posted by | Politics, Uncategorized |

1 Comment

  1. An executive order cannot have the “full force of law”. That would be a direct violation of the separation of powers. Not to mention there exists prior precedent for striking down executive orders that conflict with the written law.

    Put plainly, Stupak is a tool.

    Comment by Wes Widner | May 12, 2010

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