Bart Stupak to Retire, Pro-Life Democrat Who Allowed Pro-Abortion Health Care

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

Bart Stupak to Retire, Pro-Life Democrat Who Allowed Pro-Abortion Health Care

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 9
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Congressman Bart Stupak of Michigan, the pro-life Democrat who sealed the deal for the pro-abortion health care bill by agreeing to a phony executive order with President Barack Obama that won’t truly ban abortion funding, will announce his retirement today.

Stupak has gone back and forth this week and just yesterday denied talk of retirement by saying he had every intention of running for re-election.

But the Democratic congress is expected to hold a mid-day press conference to announce he will step down — though whether he will retire at the end of his term and not run for re-election this November or resign now and spark a special election before then — is unclear.

Stupak first informed Democratic leaders last week that he was considering retiring and top abortion advocates including Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to talk him out of it.

Charmaine Yoest, the president of Americans United for Life, told LifeNews.com that Stupak is merely the first casualty of the pro-abortion health care battle.

"Bart Stupak entered into a sham political deal that couldn’t be defended with a straight face. He put politics over principle and now even the politics are catching up to him," she said.

Yoest added, "This is just the beginning of the fallout over pro-abortion health care reform. Ramming federal funding for abortion through against the will of the American people was a radioactive vote."

National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ken Spain also responded.

“After selling his soul to Nancy Pelosi, it appears that Bart Stupak finally found the courage to tell her no. The political fallout over the Democrats’ government takeover of healthcare has put the political careers of many Democrats in jeopardy thanks in-part to Stupak’s decision to abandon his alleged pro-life principles," he told CNN.

Ed Morrissey of the conservative Hot Air blog that Stupak decision opens another competitive seat that could cost pro-abortion Democratic leaders control of the House after the November elections.

"They fear losing the seat because of Stupak’s high-profile betrayal of his allies in the pro-life movement. If Democrats were really concerned about Stupak keeping his seat, they would have insisted on restoring Stupak’s language in the final reconciliation bill on banning federal funding for abortion. Instead, they gave Stupak a meaningless executive order to cover his (back)tracks — and it didn’t work," he writes.

"The Upper Peninsula district that Stupak represents normally wouldn’t be entirely hostile to a Democrat. They tend to be working-class, pro-life but not necessarily deeply conservative. Stupak offered them a kind of middle-road populism with a pro-life core that suited his constituents," Morrissey says.

"After Stupak’s reversal, Democrats won’t get that chance. His populist-lite patter merely enabled the radicals in the Democratic Party to seize control of Congress, and Stupak in the end refused to stand against it. In this district, expect to see a referendum on Nancy Pelosi, and don’t expect the constituents to get enthusiastic about sending another Democrat to Washington to enable her and her radical agenda," he concluded.

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