Bart Stupak To Retire
Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak is announcing his retirement from Congress. He has been under attack from anti-abortion groups since he struck a deal with President Obama that enabled health care reform to proceed. Even though the president agreed to sign an executive order preventing federal funds from going to abortions, Stupak has been vilified for achieving that concession.
The National Republican Congressional Committee seized on the development, issuing a statement moments after the news began spreading of Mr. Stupak’s decision: “Red Alert: Former Pro-Life Democrat throws in the towel rather than running on health care sellout.
Stupak was able to get wording in the House version of the bill to restrict abortion coverage, but when the bill came back from the Senate, Stupak said the language wasn’t strong enough, angering the pro-choice side of the debate; when he made the deal with President Obama, the anti-choice side was angered.
In the aftermath, all sides in the abortion debate continued to criticize him but the loudest outcry was from ardent opponents of abortion who had been his biggest backers. He was stripped of a pro-life award and lost the support of many right-to-life groups.Click here for reuse options!
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