Ben Nelson, Bob Casey Defend Stupak Deal for Abortion Executive Order
by Steven Ertelt
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 Stupaks 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 Senates language is enough to stop abortion funding.
It is a good faith showing by the administration that it doesn’t plan to change. Thats 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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