Stupak Misled Voters on Commitment to Abortion Protections

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Video Reveals He Always Planned to Vote for Healthcare Bill

SAN FRANCISCO, March 24, 2010 --While telling the public of the firm commitment he and twelve other pro-life Democrats had to blocking passage of the healthcare bill if it had language in it that provided for taxpayer financing of abortion, it seems that Congresman Stupak (D-MI) intended to vote for the bill all along. Evidence was found in a video posted on YouTube in October 2009.

Were his efforts during the last couple weeks leading up to the vote merely a diversion at the behest of the Democratic leadership to lull pro-life supporters into a false sense of security?

Stupak tried to explain away his change of vote based on an agreement that the President would incorporate abortion protections in an executive order. That gesture was meaningless because the courts have previously ruled that taxpayer funding of abortions can only be prohibited by statute -- executive orders for these purposes are not legally binding.

To add insult to injury, Planned Parenthood said the day after the vote, "we were able to keep the Stupak abortion ban out of the final legislation and President Obama did not include the Stupak language in his Executive Order."














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