That Didn't Take Long… Stupak Is Now Out Defending Planned Parenthood
The Blog Prof predicted this months ago…
Remember This Always: There are no pro-life democrats.
After casting his vote in favor of the democrat’s abortion-funding nationalized health care bill and partying down with fellow democrats in celebration, Rep. Bart Stupak gave this interview with Kerry Picket of The Washington Times:
KERRY PICKET: There are two things that have surfaced right after you made your decision to support the bill. One is the video of that town hall meeting.
BART STUPAK: In Cheboygan…yeah.
PICKET: Can you tell me about that?
STUPAK: That’s a town hall meeting, and that was in the fall before we had the Stupak amendment, and the question was, ‘Would I vote against the health care bill if it funded abortions?’ I said I would cross that when I get there, because I was negotiating on the Stupak Amendment. And what did I do? We forced a showdown with the House, we got the Stupak Amendment, and we banned abortions in the House bill.
PICKET: But, particularly, you said you would vote for the health care bill even if the language didn’t get into it.
STUPAK: That’s not what I said. If you go to the video…the unaltered video, you will find I said, ‘If I’m given a clean shot, and I’m allowed to bring it up, and a rule comes up, and I’m allowed to have my amendment, and let’s say we lose that 218 to 216, would I then vote for health care? Yeah, if it’s a good bill , I would, because I want health care, and as long as I had a shot to vote my conscience, then I would feel comfortable. I’ve done all I could as one member to protect the sanctity of life.
PICKET: Then how come you didn’t vote for Pence’s amendment to de-fund Planned Parenthood back in 2009?
STUPAK: I don’t think I ever voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood does not do abortions…in my district. Planned Parenthood has a number of clinics in my district that provide health care for my people. Therefore, these clinics do quite well in my district, and I’m all for health care and extending it to everybody–access to health care, so that’s just another way. Also on Planned Parenthood , when they do it, there is a segregation of funds that go with it. It’s usually about four hundred million they tried to de-fund on Planned Parenthood. Maybe this time, I’ll look at it again if Pence brings it up. Maybe I’ll vote differently this time, but you’re right I did vote against it.
Planned Parenthood returned the favor and praised Bart Stupak on Monday after he voted for the pro-abortion bill.
Rght to Life groups withdrew their support for Bart Stupak in the November elections today.