ROLL CALL reports Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) just announced that pro-life Democrats have reached a deal with the White House and Democratic leaders and will now support a health care reform overhaul.
I’m pleased to announce we have an agreement,” Stupak said in a press conference, backed by other holdouts. The announcement came as the White House said President Barack Obama would issue an executive order ensuring no taxpayer funds are used to fund abortions.
"By Stupak’s own estimate, Democrats are now “well past” the 216 votes they need for passage. The agreement also brings aboard Democratic Reps. Kathy Dahlkemper (Pa.), Steve Driehaus (Ohio), Alan Mollohan (W.Va.) and Nick Rahall (W.Va.).
Obama sign an executive order to cut funding nfor abortions? ah, I don't think so. Besides, EOs can be overturned either by another EO or by the next president, or by legislation.
1. An executive order can be rescinded any time. President Obama could reverse it next week, next month, or next year. Should another pro-abortion president be elected in the future, it could be rescinded on inauguration day.
2. An executive order will not prevent insurance companies that provide abortion from participating in the exchanges.
3. Abortion funding in the health care legislation can be only be removed using the legislative process. An executive order not only doesn’t fix the problem, it isn’t needed to fix the problem, and could not stand a legal challenge. If Democrats are serious about protecting taxpayers from funding abortion in the health care bill, they must use the legislative process to fix the problem.
Stupak earlier said the health fight has been "living hell" - so why did he cave?
Lemmings. that's all I can say. lemmings. They may go over the edge, but everyone doesn't have to follow. 2010 & 2012.
What others are saying:
David Horowitz - EO Can be Rescinded Tomorrow
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