Ben Nelson, Bob Casey Defend Stupak Deal for Abortion Executive Order

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 23, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Ben Nelson, Bob Casey Defend Stupak Deal for Abortion Executive Order

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 23
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Bart Stupak is in good company when it comes to defending his deal to pass the pro-abortion health care bill in exchange for an executive order that pro-life groups explain and pro-abortion groups admit is meaningless. Two pr-life Democrats seen by pro-life advocates as compromising their principles support it.

Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who preceded Stupak by agreeing to the pro-abortion language in the Senate bill after his own attempting at banning abortion funding failed, told National Review he supports the deal.

He says sees Stupak’s executive order as something “made in good faith, at the very least” but “unnecessary.”

He told NR that he would “absolutely” be comfortable if Obama never issued the executive order, since he believes the Senate’s language is enough to stop abortion funding.

“It is a good faith showing by the administration that it doesn’t plan to change. That’s helpful," he said.

Also, Sen. Bob Casey, the Pennsylvania Democrat who has been scolded by his own Catholic bishop for not following in his father’s pro-life footsteps, applauded the deal.

Casey told National Review that the agreement “a dramatic development” that “strengthens” the supposed pro-life provisions of the pro-abortion bill.

“We can debate whether it was necessary, in light of what we did in the Senate bill (on abortion), which I thought was very strong, but if this helps to clarify things, then all the better," he said.

Casey said the “always will, and should be strong enough” to welcome pro-life politicians into its fold.

And in comments that are drawing guffaws from pro-life advocates, Stupak continues defending the deal.

“I’m sure pro-life organizations are not happy,” said Stupak, according to Politico. “Will they give us grief? Yeah. Yeah. We stood on principle.”

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