Stupak: Obama Admin Bullying Me to Accept Abortion Funding in Health Care
by Steven Ertelt
December 23, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Congressman Bart Stupak, the pro-life Democrat who has been the consistent champion against abortion funding in the health care bill, says the Obama administration is trying to bully him. Stupak says in a new interview that he will not back down in the face of pressure from the White House.
Stupak told CNS News that the White House and top Congressional Democrats are attempting to twist his arm to accept the Reid-Nelson "compromise" language that still allows massive taxpayer financing of abortions.
They think I shouldn’t be expressing my views on this bill until they get a chance to try to sell me the language, Stupak told CNSNews Tuesday.
Well, I don’t need anyone to sell me the language. I can read it. I’ve seen it. I’ve worked with it. I know what it says. I don’t need to have a conference with the White House. I have the legislation in front of me here," Stupak said defiantly.
Stupak said the White House specifically requested that he not talk about the Nelson sellout and the language that the Senate has approved via the Reid manager’s amendment.
Stupak said that the White House "asked me just to hold off for awhile and not to say anything about this language."
He told the conservative news outlet, "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, heres my objections.’ Here its not just my objections but theres 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]hats 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. Its been part of who we are, part of our make up. Its the principle belief that we have. We are not just going to abandon it in the name of health care."
Stupak would not say directly if he has the votes to defeat the health care bill if abortion funding remains in it following the conference committee merger.
But he explained that it appears pro-abortion Democratic leaders are several votes shy of what they need thanks to lawmakers like him who voted for the bill in the House the first time around but would not if it funds abortions.
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, theres 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. "Theres 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.
Stupak said after Nelson’s compromise that he will not back down and will "hold firm" against abortion funding.
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