Sunday, March 21, 2010

Stupak's 30 Pieces of Silver

Instapundit has written a post about the coincidental link between pro-life Bob Stupak's  (D-Menominee) announcement that three northern Michigan airports will receive federal funding and his switch from voting noyes for ObamaCare. Stupak switched his vote after he agreed to accept an executive order from President Barack Obama to ensure funds wouldn't be used for abortions.
As a result of Stupak's vote, the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, has announced that they are retracting their plan to honor Bob Stupak at their annual Campaign for Life Gala. 

Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund President Marjorie Dannenfelser made this statement available to the public: 
"This Wednesday night is our third annual Campaign for Life Gala, where we were planning to honor Congressman Stupak for his efforts to keep abortion-funding out of health care reform-We will no longer be doing so. By accepting this deal from the most pro-abortion President in American history, Stupak has not only failed to stand strong for unborn children, but also for his constituents and pro-life voters across the country."

"Let me be clear: any representative, including Rep. Stupak, who votes for this healthcare bill can no longer call themselves 'pro-life.' The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund will not endorse, or support in any capacity, any Member of Congress who votes for this bill in any future election. Now through Election Day 2010, these representatives will learn that votes have consequences. The SBA List Candidate Fund will work tirelessly to help defeat Members who support this legislation and make sure their constituents know exactly how they voted. We will actively seek out true pro-life candidates to oppose Members who vote 'yes' on this bill, whether it be in general or primary elections. For these Members, it will be a quick downhill slide to defeat in November."
President Marjorie Dannenfelser points out that Bob Stupak's agreement for Obama's executive order on abortion in exchange for voting yes on ObamaCare was that Stupak gets nothing in selling his vote to the Democrats:
"The executive order on abortion funding does absolutely nothing to fix the problems presented by the health care reform bill that the House will vote on this evening. The very idea should offend all pro-life Members of Congress. An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President's whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders. Most importantly, pro-abortion Representatives have admitted the executive order is meaningless."
Last night, Rep. DeGette told The Huffington Post, "If there was an executive order saying they weren't going to use federal funds in the bill to pay for abortions that would be fine with me."
Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz admitted to Fox News' Megyn Kelly that "an executive order cannot change the law."
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops pointed out today that "only a change in the law enacted by Congress, not an executive order, can begin to address this very serious problem in the legislation."
Stupak would never trade or sell his vote for something as meaningless as a executive order.  The only way Stupak gets his pieces of silver is if he gets federal funding for three airports in his district.

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