This is Bart Stupak, Democratic Congressman from Michigan.
I was going to write about him last week, when he and his small team of fellow Democratic congressmen and women were holding the health care bill hostage to bribe their way to further concessions toward their anti-abortion cause.
He and his team were prepared, or so they pretended, to vote down a health care bill that would help provide 30 million needy Americans with health care, set critical regulations on insurance practices, and quite literally save lives. Although more than 47,000 Americans die each year due to the lack of health insurance (that’s fifteen 9/11’s), Stupak and his crew wanted to be sure that it would be crystal clear that no federal subsidies would go to insurance policies that covered abortion, even though the proposed law didn’t do that in the first place.
Nuns and church organizations endorsed the bill. Other “pro-life” congressman endorsed the bill. Stupak was clearly wrong, and clearly grandstanding. A couple weeks ago, no one knew who he was and now they do, so his ploy worked. He got President Obama to meet with him personally and sign an executive order that only restated the current law of the land for the last thirty years.
After doing so, he signed onto the bill, stating in his floor speech that those who were still protesting the bill on the grounds of the “pro-life” cause we “politicizing life, not prioritizing life”. Finally, he had figured it out. Too bad it was only after he had done that for three weeks, himself.
And that’s when things went downhill. Rep. Randy Neugebauer stood up and shouted “baby-killer!” during Stupak’s speech. Rep. Neugebauer has backpedaled, saying that he wasn’t calling Stupak a baby-killer, and that what he said was “it’s a baby-killer” in reference to the insurance reform bill. Either way, pretty ridiculous.
And then it got worse. Stupak and his family have now had their office and home phone lines flooded with hateful messages and calls. Things like, “You’re dead. We know where you live. We’ll get you.”
From the so-called pro-life people.
How quickly one can go from right-wing, anti-abortion hero to hated staunch rival is truly amazing. That’s extremism for you.
It’s not the first time the anti-abortion people have exposed their own hypocrisy. Being “pro-life” should mean that they are in favor of human life in all instances, not just when it concerns a small collection of human cells that might possibly constitute a functioning member of society someday.
But that’s not how it works. They’ll support unnecessary wars and the death penalty while opposing stem cell research and the extension of health care to millions of Americans, saving thousands of already productive lives each year.
And they’ll shoot down abortion doctors and threaten the lives of elected representatives who choose progress over impractical interpretations of thousand year old cult doctrines.
It’s truly disgusting.