Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., has been getting hammered (and threatened) by pro-life groups for “selling out” and voting for the health care bill. Stupak contends that some of these critics were cynically using the abortion issue as a way to try to kill health reform. He also argues that they are “disingenuous at best” in claiming that President Obama’s executive order preventing federal funding of abortion is meaningless. He notes how pro-life groups cheered when President Bush issued an executive order limiting stem cell research (which used the same standard language as Obama’s order). “I and other pro-life Democrats are pleased that we were able to hold true to our principles and vote for a bill that is pro-life at every stage of life and that provides 32 million Americans with access to high-quality, affordable health care,” Stupak wrote.
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