One of the worst days in America in a long, long time.
Historic win close after Bart Stupak deal
Health reform holdout Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan announced Sunday that he and fellow anti-abortion Democrats have reached an agreement with the White House to defuse the controversy over abortion in the health care bill and will now vote yes — which Stupak said gives Democrats enough votes to pass the sweeping overhaul by day’s end.
The move came just after the White House announced that President Barack Obama will sign an executive order reaffirming a ban on federal funding of abortions.
At the news conference, Stupak said the language of the order clears up any ambiguity about federal funding of abortion in the reform bill. “We have the assurances from the president that he won’t rip this up tomorrow,” Stupak said.
Representative Gene Taylor (D-MS) was on Fox News earlier, and said he repeatedly told Stupak, “Anything the president does by Executive Order he can undo by Executive Order.”
Kathryn Jean Lopez from National Review says that Taylor, along with Dan Lipinski and Jerry Costello are the only members of Stupak’s coalition who are still voting NO, despite the Executive Order.
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) was also on Fox News earlier, and said this after Stupak announced he’d reached a deal with Obama:
“We’re disappointed that Congressman Stupak has exchanged 30 years of pro-life protections in the law for a piece of paper from the most pro-abortion president in American history.”
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) echoed Pence’s sentiments:
“Barack Obama is the abortion president.” I don’t trust him. Even if he was pro-life, this executive order would not be acceptable.”
And finally, here’s Minority Leader Boehner’s statement on the Stupak deal:
“The law of the land trumps any Executive Order, which can be reversed or altered at the stroke of a pen by this or any subsequent President without any congressional approval or notice. Moreover, while an Executive Order can direct members of the executive branch, it cannot direct the private sector.
“Because of Roe v. Wade, courts have interpreted the decision as a statutory mandate that the government must provide federal funding for elective abortion in through federal programs. In other words, no Executive Order or regulation can override a statutory mandate unless Congress passes a law that prohibits federal funding from being used in this manner.”