Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Deacon Keith Fournier

9/17/2009 (5 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Abortion is not health care. It is always and everywhere wrong to intentionally kill our innocent neighbors in the womb.

Congressman Bart Stupek and his Pro-Life Colleagues in the Democratic Party who are joining with Pro-Life Republicans in what is a genuine show of principled Bi-Partisanship are fighting for the fundamental human right to life.

Congressman Bart Stupek and his Pro-Life Colleagues in the Democratic Party who are joining with Pro-Life Republicans in what is a genuine show of principled Bi-Partisanship are fighting for the fundamental human right to life.

Highlights

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/17/2009 (5 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - Congressman Bart Stupak is a Democrat from the first Congressional District of Michigan. He Co-Chairs the Bi-Partisan Pro-Life Caucus with Republican Congressman Chris Smith. He is one of a strong and vocal contingent of Pro-Life Democrats who carry on the legacy of the late, great Governor of Pennsylvania Bob Casey. They hear the cry of all the poor, including children in the first home of the whole human race, their mother’s womb. They recognize the truth that these dear children whom Mother Teresa rightly called the “poorest of the poor” have no voice but ours. They are our first neighbors.

As the debate over health care reform continues in the United States , we must keep in focus our first and primary concern, to ensure that if any Health Reform legislation passes, it absolutely and explicitly forbids the expenditure of Federal funds to kill these children in the womb by funding abortions, directly or indirectly. It is people like Bart Stupak who are becoming the great champions of this fundamental human rights issue in their own Party. They may also turn out to be the key in defending against a stealth abortion mandate at the National level.

On September 16, 2009, Congressman Stupak gave an interview to Megyn Kelly of Fox news in which he strongly contended that President Obama’s assurances that funding abortion is simply not going to happen are not reliable. In fact, he said it “is just not true” and that he is “disappointed” that the President continues to make the claim.

Yet the President has sent Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius out to ride point on the issue after making just such an explicit claim in his recent address to both Houses of Congress. In an interview with the Washington Post on September 15, 2009, the Secretary could not have been clearer in underscoring the claim, responding to a direct question with this assertion: “Well, the President has made it pretty clear that Congress and the new health insurance plan will not provide federal funds for abortions”.

However, this Pro-Life Congressman, from the President’s own Party, is not buying these assurances. He is from Michigan but his behavior reminds me of the old adage "I'm from Missouri". In other words, “Show Me.” In this, he gives us all a great example of how we must respond to such assurances. Congressman Stupak is ready to act to make sure that not one Federal dollar is spent to shed the innocent blood of our youngest neighbors.

Jill Stanek, the Pro-Life Nurse hero who has been a beacon of light in the encroaching Culture of Death in our Nation, provided a snippet of this interview with the good Congressman. It reveals the strategy of the defenders of life in the Democratic Party:

****

Stupak: So if we're not allowed to offer what we call the Hyde Amendment, which basically says no public funds for abortion in national healthcare... then we're going to try to... defeat the rule, and the bill cannot come to the Floor for a vote. That is our strategy. That is our plan. They're well aware of it.

Kelly: .... Do you have the votes? I mean, could you and other pro-life Democrats plus the Republicans I assume you're talking to, could you defeat the bill?

Stupak: Yes, we believe we have the votes, but we're not taking anything for granted. We speak to members every day on this issue. We have another letter circulating right now to both the president and the speaker. I know other individual pro-life members on both Democrat and Republican sides have also sent letters to the president since his speech last week saying, "Look, this bill isn't going anywhere unless we have a straight up or down vote which says no public funding for abortion in healthcare...."

Kelly: It's tough to have a debate when the people on the other side won't even acknowledge your point on the facts. I mean, Nancy Pelosi continues to say that abortion funding is already out of this bill....

Stupak: Yeah, if she really believes that, then give me my amendment. If anything my amendment would just be redundant. Just give me my amendment then. There's no fear of my amendment. Pelosi should have no fear of my amendment....”

*****

Jill followed the excerpt from the transcript with her own words, “Stupak is a real hero.” I concur, wholeheartedly.

As the next few weeks unfold into more heated debate we will hear and read the full array of other issues. From the threat that a centralized and federalized approach poses to the important principle of subsidiarity, to the serious moral issues surrounding the financial debt load it would entail. However, we must not lose sight of our foundational concern, protecting the dignity of every human person from conception, through life, up to and including natural death.

We must also continue to raise the defense of our first neighbors in every debate over any version of any proposed “Health Care Reform” legislation. Abortion is not health care, period. It is always and everywhere wrong to intentionally kill our innocent neighbors in the womb. There is no moral difference between legalizing the killing of one year old children and killing the child in the womb. This is not just some "religious" position , it is objective truth.

Congressman Bart Stupek and his Pro-Life Colleagues in the Democratic Party who are joining with Pro-Life Republicans in what is a genuine show of principled Bi-Partisanship are fighting for the fundamental human right to life. They deserve our prayer …and our praise.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Politics & Policy

Hillary Clinton caught in shameful lie on family's history Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As Hillary Clinton continues to shape her platform for presidency, she is reported as boasting her family's immigration history. During one of her first speeches as an official candidate, Clinton said that "all her grandparents had immigrated to the United States," ... continue reading


Federal government sets all-time record for tax revenue Watch

Image of We will not know how much additional tax revenue the Treasury pulled in until it releases its next daily statement tomorrow afternoon. Every dollar of it will add to the new record.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Tax day has arrived - and with the close of business on April 14, the Treasury brought in a record $1,477,901,000,000 since fiscal 2015. Began on October 1, 2014, these figures are courtesy of the Daily Treasury Statement. Despite this record tax revenue, the ... continue reading


INSANE: U.S. federal tax code is 74,608 pages long! Watch

Image of If the tax code continues to grow at the same pace it did over the last century, it will pass 100,000 pages in 2050.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

If you had your taxes professionally prepared this year, you may now fully appreciate what your accountant or cleric did for you this year. The U.S. federal tax code is a whopping 74,608 pages long! Try to imagine trying to digest all the nuances that go along ... continue reading


'We're in uncharted territory here' U.S. official admits ISIS' reign of terror is crushing Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS continues, now with 62 countries working to put an end to ISIS. Canada has become the latest country to shoot airstrikes against ISIS. The fight against ISIS is being described as "off the charts historically." LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Who are Hillary Clinton's supporters? Well not women, and not young Americans: A look into Clinton's shocking Facebook following Watch

Image of Hillary Clinton is the favored Democratic candidate for the presidency in 2016, but Facebook demographics show she may have a long way to go.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Hillary Clinton is the de facto face of the Democrat party's aspirations for the presidency in 2016, but you wouldn't know that by looking at her Facebook pages. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The single largest percentage of Clinton's fans aren't even from ... continue reading


Lois Lerner emails expose secretive IRS warnings Watch

Image of The lower-level employees

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Former director of Exempt Organizations Unit at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Lois Lerner is reported as warning other IRS officials to manage the lower-level employees written conversations in 2013. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Lerner resigned from the ... continue reading


Rubio steps into spotlight for 2016 run Watch

Image of Florida Senator Marco Rubio will officially announce his intent to seek the Republican nomination for the president today, following months of speculation.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The question over which Republican will be the next to announce their intent to run for the nomination in 2016 has been answered, as Marco Rubio joins Senator Ted Cruz and Rand Paul in the race which will soon be flooded with even more competitors. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


COLD WAR NO MORE? U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro meet Watch

Image of Obama and Castro greeted each other courteously amid an explosion of camera flashes Friday night. The two sat at the same table but not directly next to one another.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The United States and Cuba may not be the best of friends, but the meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro this past weekend marks a turning point in international relations. It was the first time that leaders from both ... continue reading


Putting the big bite on the top 20 percent: Unlucky few pay 84 percent of all U.S. income taxes Watch

Image of The U.S. federal income tax system is very progressive - higher income groups pay increasingly higher tax rates, and therefore disproportionately higher and higher shares of the total income taxes collected.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Who pays what in income taxes? According to a study in the Wall Street Journal, only 20 percent of all U.S. taxpayers pay 84 percent of all taxes owed. How does every day, ordinary taxpayer fit into this schema? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Individual ... continue reading


'I'm running for president' Hillary Clinton declares Watch

Image of While Hillary Rodham Clinton is courting the middle class with her presidential bid, both her and her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton remain among the wealthiest of Americans.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion," Hillary Rodham Clinton has declared. Saying that America's economy is "still stacked in favor of those at the top," according to a campaign video this past weekend. "I'm running for ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 6:1-7
1 About this time, when the number of disciples was ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
4 The word of Yahweh is straightforward, all he does ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 24:35-48
16 That evening the disciples went down to the shore ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 18th, 2015 Image

St. Apollonius the Apologist
April 18: Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter