Michigan Congressman Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) may very well hold the life or death of the Obamacare health plan in his hands. He has been one of the few shepherds of the Right-To-Life movement on the Democrat side in Congress. As the arguments over the size of the bill and whether or not a Senate supermajority could have held – at least until the election of Republican Scott Brown in January – not many in the nation’s capitol or the country knew very much about Congressman Stupak.
It is this congressman who forcefully argued his moral convictions Thursday that the provision in the Senate-passed version of the health plan has language that would permit the federal government to “directly subsidize abortions.”
Last week when President Obama hosted the bipartisan health care summit, he seemed to effectively sidestep the statement about the presence of a paid abortion option in the bill. Yet with a slim five-vote majority in the previous passage of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) version of health care, thanks to Congressman Stupak the Democrat votes may be evaporating.
He is clear and unequivocal when he stated that he and 11 other principled life-supporting Democrat congressmen will vote against the overhaul unless a provision subsidizing abortion is removed. What will the Senate and the White House do? Will there be an admission that the 1,000 page-plus document does have a government abortion paid option? And then have it removed before the Reconciliation Bill vote?
That begs the question, how rare is this type of leadership?
Well in the great northern country of Michigan that Stupak represents the precious commodity of life is well guarded and it seems that Congressman Stupak is keeping that honored principle alive. He firmly stated, “We're not going to bypass some principles that we believe strongly about."
While the administration suggests that the Obama healthcare bill would retain existing restrictions on federally-financed abortions, it will be up to the White House and Democrat Senate leaders prove to the American people that protecting life is in the bill and publicly paid abortions are absent.
Be very careful. The nation is watching. And the Tea Party Patriots and other conservatives and protectors of life in Michigan and around the nation are demanding that the life vote will not be compromised or dismissed.
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