Congressman Randy Neugebauer Won’t Back Down Calling Abortion Bill a Baby Killer

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 24, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Congressman Randy Neugebauer Won’t Back Down Calling Abortion Bill a Baby Killer

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 24
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — The congressman who shouted "it’s a baby killer" in reference to the pro-abortion health care bill during a Bart Stupak speech on the House floor is not backing down. Rep. Randy Neugebauer says he has no reason to acquiesce to Stupak’s demand that he apologize on the House floor for his comment.

Neugebauer has already issued Stupak a personal apology that he accepted, but the Democrat is asking the Texas Republican to go further.

The pro-life advocate is also facing enormous pressure from liberal groups to issue the apology, but he has been getting enormous support from pro-life advocates.

Apologize "for what?" Neugebauer said on a conference call Tuesday.

"I called this healthcare bill exactly what it is. I’m not ashamed of what I said because what I said was the truth. I won’t apologize for doing the right thing. I’m not gonna do it. When did it become wrong to speak out for the unborn, the group that has no voice unless we stand up for their rights? I’ll apologize when they repeal this bill," he said.

He expanded on his defense in a video statement posted on the web site of the conservative Hot Air blog.

Neugebauer said he wanted to "respond to the vicious attacks that have been launched against me for defending the lives of the unborn."

"It is one thing to make backroom deals for money, but on Sunday, Democrats traded the lives of unborn children so they could make a deal on their legislation. I was outraged that this bill would be a baby killer. Democrats are outraged that I said that out loud," he said. "Well, here is something else I will say out loud: This baby-killer of a bill must be repealed."

"I’m never going to quit speaking on behalf of the unborn, and I’m never going to quit speaking on behalf of the people of Texas and the people of the United States of America who find this policy unacceptable . . . I’m going to continue to speak with the same passion I had last night, maybe a little bit different forum, but still with the same intensity," he continued.

The congressman also spoke with Politico and said he has been getting plenty of support.

"You wouldn’t believe the emails and the phone calls of people calling and saying just, ‘Thank you, Congressman, for taking a stand for the unborn," he said. "People are outpouring their support to me and that’s what’s important – this is not about money."

He also said he is confused about Stupak’s flip-flop on the apology.

"I’m a little confused about that – he said yesterday, ‘Let’s put this behind us,’ he said apologies have been made, its time to move on," Neugebauer said. "I’m a little perplexed. Maybe he’s getting pressure from the left to stoke this, and I think that’s regrettable."

Hot Air writer Ed Morrissey talked about that development.

"Reports already have Neugebauer’s fundraising getting a significant boost, much like Joe Wilson’s less-appropriate outburst last September," he writes.

In fact Wilson has given Neugebauer his support.

"Joe came up and said he understood what I was going though," he said.

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