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Did White House try to threaten Life Congressional supporters with Nun Vote?

Did White House try to threaten Life Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Mich) with Nun Vote letter?
Did White House try to threaten Life Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Mich) with Nun Vote letter?
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The Obamacare vote is literally coming down to the wire with millions of emails and tens of thousands of calls bombarding Capitol Hill this week. Yet according to conservative right to life supporter Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Mich)in the midst of this his coalition of die-hard life supporting congressmen are standing with his life stand to vote no for the Obamacare Bill.

This week the White House pulled out what could be considered their “Nun Ace Card” by touting according to Fox News, a letter purporting to represent 59,000 nuns that urged congressional representatives to pass the health care bill.  Congressman Bart Stupak, D-Mich, responded sharply to White House officials and dismissed the action “by the White House saying, ‘When I'm drafting right to life language, I don't call up the nuns."’He says he instead confers with other groups including ‘leading bishops, Focus on the Family, and The National Right to Life Committee’,”.

Is this dirty politics?

It is typical politics when respect for principles of life are easily discarded when it is the administration in Washington and the Capitol Hill cronies who are attempting to pull all the right political levers against it. After all, was it not the Democrats who came riding into Washington in early 2009 with a commanding lead in the U.S. House of Representatives, control of the U.S. Senate as well as the White House? So 12 votes should not have mattered much to them and their grand plans.

Yet, now in the bottom of the 11th hour for the Obama Healthcare bill, the commanding congressional lead has dwindled down to the administration trying desperately to flip the vote of those hard core Democrat right to life supporters who make up by Congressman Stupak’s 10 to 12 no vote coalition on the Obamacare Bill vote.

A couple weeks ago when a question came up in the President’s much ballyhooed publically televised congressional health care summit, a question was raised about whether or not there was an abortion provision in the Senate Bill. The President side stepped the question and there were Obamacare Capitol Hills supporters denied existence of the “abortion language in the bill.

Michigan has to be proud of Congressman Stupak and other right to life congressional representatives who called foul, and suddenly found that themselves faced with hurried rounds of denial-denials.

Yet, again Stupak called foul and even came up with “chapter and verse” in the Senate Bill where last week Congressman Stupak corrected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) by stressing publicly, “She’s incorrect. I’d ask the speaker to direct her attention to page 2069 through page 2078. There are two ways in those pages where you pay for abortion. Number one, you get tax breaks that subsidize your insurance policy that will pay for abortion. Number two, when you read the legislation, one dollar per month for all enrollees must go into this fund for ‘reproductive care,’ which includes abortion coverage.”

So Sunday, Ann Arbor and America the life coalition’s vote may not be pivotal for the White House’s political bottom line if the coalition’s votes are not needed for passage. Yet for the most important public, who are principled supporters of life, every congressional vote taken in support of life places them in America’s book of Life for standing up for life.

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