Pro-Life Republican Lawmaker Who Called Bart Stupak Baby Killer Still Unknown

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 22, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Republican Lawmakers Admits Baby Killer Comment During Stupak Talk

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 22
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — A pro-life Republican lawmaker has come forward and admitted he made the infamous "baby killer" remark while Congressman Bart Stupak defended his decision to trade his vote for the pro-abortion health care bill for an executive order that pro-life groups say amounts to nothing.

Texas Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer says he is the one to make the comment during Stupak’s floor spech.

Stupak was speaking when Neugebauer apparentlyshouted "baby killer" in response to what pro-life groups are calling Stupak’s "sellout" by agreeing to a disputed executive order to supposedly ban abortion funding.

After the shout, members of Congress groaned and one replied, "Who said that?"

“Last night was the climax of weeks and months of debate on a health care bill that my constituents fear and do not support,” Neugebauer said in a statement.

However, the pro-life congressman, who represents a west Texas district known for its conservative and pro-life values, said the statement wasn’t directed at Stupak himself.

“In the heat and emotion of the debate, I exclaimed the phrase ‘it’s a baby killer’ in reference to the agreement reached by the Democratic leadership. While I remain heartbroken over the passage of this bill and the tragic consequences it will have for the unborn, I deeply regret that my actions were mistakenly interpreted as a direct reference to Congressman Stupak himself," he said.

Neugebauer said he has already issued an apology to the Michigan Democrat.

“I have apologized to Mr. Stupak and also apologize to my colleagues for the manner in which I expressed my disappointment about the bill,” he said in a statement. “The House Chamber is a place of decorum and respect. The timing and tone of my comment last night was inappropriate."

Before he stepped forward, reporters in the House chamber initially identified Rep. George Radonovich, a pro-life California Republican, as a the culprit but later retracted their report.

Radonovish also released a statement saying he didn’t make the remark.

"In light of media speculation that I was the one who made the comment, I would like to set the record straight and be clear that I did not make the statement," Radanovich says. "I condemn any manner of disrespect and name calling among my colleagues. While I am disappointed in Rep. Stupak’s decision to vote for this legislation, I would never attack his character and decisions in such an unacceptable manner."

They then said they thought the shout came from a group of lawmakers near Rep. John Campbell, another California Republican, but he says he didn’t make the comment.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate at all," Campbell told Politico, saying he thought it was from one of the Texas Republicans huddling together during the debate.

"The people who know won’t give it up," he told reporters. "I’m not casting dispersions on that state."

Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton, a longtime pro-life lawmaker, said he heard the shout but told Politico he had no idea on who said it: "I can make a guess."

And Rep. Louie Gohmert said in a statement he didn’t make the "baby killer" comment either.

"I have no idea who yelled it because they were seated behind me and the House was packed," Gohmert said, according to the Lufkin Daily News. "Whoever said it was obviously upset, but it was inappropriate for them to yell that."

House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, the pro-abortion Democrat who was the chair during the debate, seems to know who shouted out but wouldn’t reveal a name either.

"I think members have a right to make an idiot of themselves once without being exposed," he said.

After the comment, Stupak defended his decision on the executive order agreement saying it "the sanctity of life is protected," and that the motion was "nothing more than an opportunity to continue to deny 32 million Americans health care."

"For the Republicans to now claim that we send the bill back to committee under this guise of protecting life is disingenuous," Stupak said. "This motion is really to politicize life, not prioritize life."

The "baby killer" outburst came about six months after Rep. Joe Wilson, a pro-life Republican from South Carolina, yelled "you lie" to Obama during the president’s speech to Congress. The House passed a resolution that month admonishing Wilson.

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