Democrat pro-lifers taking a stand

Not all pro-lifers are Republicans and not all pro-lifers are conservatives.  Twelve pro-life DEMOCRATS in Congress are stepping up.  They say they are willing to kill the health care bill if it would fund abortions.

A dozen House of Representatives Democrats opposed to abortion are willing to kill President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform plan unless it satisfies their demand for language barring the procedure, Representative Bart Stupak said on Thursday.

“Yes. We’re prepared to take responsibility,” Stupak said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” when asked if he and his 11 Democratic allies were willing to accept the consequences for bringing down healthcare reform over abortion.

“Let’;s face it. I want to see healthcare. But we’re not going to bypass the principles of belief that we feel strongly about,” he said.

via UPDATE 2-US Democrats would kill healthcare over abortion | Reuters.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Booklover

    Bless them.

  • Booklover

    Bless them.

  • J

    Sad. Health care reform will not raise the number of abortions, but it will provide some relief (not as much as it should) to many sick and dying Americans. Reform might also bring down the high US infant mortality rate. If only the ‘pro life’ movement were animated by the love of Christ.

  • J

    Sad. Health care reform will not raise the number of abortions, but it will provide some relief (not as much as it should) to many sick and dying Americans. Reform might also bring down the high US infant mortality rate. If only the ‘pro life’ movement were animated by the love of Christ.

  • DonS

    Although the vote has not been taken yet, I believe that Mr. Stupak is sincere. I congratulate him on his principles, because he is otherwise a politically liberal person and it must pain him to have to take this stand, especially in the face of what is certainly excruciating pressure from the White House, which has lost all sense of proportion and measure on this issue.

  • DonS

    Although the vote has not been taken yet, I believe that Mr. Stupak is sincere. I congratulate him on his principles, because he is otherwise a politically liberal person and it must pain him to have to take this stand, especially in the face of what is certainly excruciating pressure from the White House, which has lost all sense of proportion and measure on this issue.

  • Jonathan

    Hmm. Health care that pays for abortion will not raise the number of abortions? Yet, health care will allow others to have procedures because they can then pay for them? Interesting.

  • Jonathan

    Hmm. Health care that pays for abortion will not raise the number of abortions? Yet, health care will allow others to have procedures because they can then pay for them? Interesting.

  • DonS

    J: What is your evidence for your statement that “health care reform will not raise the number of abortions”? The Senate bill, which is the bill that the House is being asked to pass, without amendment, provides explicitly for abortion coverage in the insurance policies offered under the bill. This new abortion funding will logically increase abortion rates. So, what do you know that others don’t?

  • DonS

    J: What is your evidence for your statement that “health care reform will not raise the number of abortions”? The Senate bill, which is the bill that the House is being asked to pass, without amendment, provides explicitly for abortion coverage in the insurance policies offered under the bill. This new abortion funding will logically increase abortion rates. So, what do you know that others don’t?

  • trotk

    Obviously it is excellent that these House members stand up against abortion. I respect those that I disagree with in so many respects who refuse to compromise on the most important issues. I would rather have a democratic willing to stand on principle than a republican who ignores issues.

    That said, anything that derails this legislation is good. It is a disaster that will push the mess that is health care deeper into the pit. It shocks me that so many excellent and simple proposals are being ignored. The more the government meddles, the worse things become.

    Besides, and perhaps most of all, we need to seriously raise the question of the purpose of government. Obviously people can disagree with this in an abstract sense, but the US was founded on the belief that the government do as little as possible, not as much as possible. The constitution has been too long disregarded.

    I wish I could live in a state that allowed people to make their own decisions and suffer the consequences accordingly.

  • trotk

    Obviously it is excellent that these House members stand up against abortion. I respect those that I disagree with in so many respects who refuse to compromise on the most important issues. I would rather have a democratic willing to stand on principle than a republican who ignores issues.

    That said, anything that derails this legislation is good. It is a disaster that will push the mess that is health care deeper into the pit. It shocks me that so many excellent and simple proposals are being ignored. The more the government meddles, the worse things become.

    Besides, and perhaps most of all, we need to seriously raise the question of the purpose of government. Obviously people can disagree with this in an abstract sense, but the US was founded on the belief that the government do as little as possible, not as much as possible. The constitution has been too long disregarded.

    I wish I could live in a state that allowed people to make their own decisions and suffer the consequences accordingly.

  • Peter Leavitt

    J, you’re wrong that a government takeover of health care will simple mindedly reduce the number of “sick and Dying.” If this is the goal a system that provides incentives for people to take good care of themselves physically and to be frugal in contracting for health care would do a far better job. Health Savings accounts accomplish this, as does Paul Ryan’s proposal for Health-Care Vouchers.

  • Peter Leavitt

    J, you’re wrong that a government takeover of health care will simple mindedly reduce the number of “sick and Dying.” If this is the goal a system that provides incentives for people to take good care of themselves physically and to be frugal in contracting for health care would do a far better job. Health Savings accounts accomplish this, as does Paul Ryan’s proposal for Health-Care Vouchers.

  • Bob

    Mr. Veith:
    Being a literature professor and presumably concerned about using correct language, surely you should know that your headline is incorrect. If the legislators you’re referring to are members of the Democratic Party, then they are “Democratic” prolifers, or “Democratic Party” prolifers.

    There is no Democrat party. There’s a Democratic party.

    There are prolife Democrats. There are not Democrat prolifers.

    There’s no Republic Party, either. But there is a Republican party.

  • Bob

    Mr. Veith:
    Being a literature professor and presumably concerned about using correct language, surely you should know that your headline is incorrect. If the legislators you’re referring to are members of the Democratic Party, then they are “Democratic” prolifers, or “Democratic Party” prolifers.

    There is no Democrat party. There’s a Democratic party.

    There are prolife Democrats. There are not Democrat prolifers.

    There’s no Republic Party, either. But there is a Republican party.


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