Kate Phillips of the New York Times is reporting that the Susan B. Anthony List has rescinded its prestigious “Defender of Life” award.
From the New York Times Perscriptions Blog:
Anti-Abortion Group Rescinds Award for Stupak: This just in: The Susan B. Anthony group announced tonight that it has decided to strip Representative Stupak of its “Defender of Life” award that was to be given out next week. A spokesman for the group told us that it had been in talks with the Michigan Democrat last week, and believed he was leaning its way in opposition to the bill.
The Susan B. Candidate List Fund president, Marjorie Dannenfelser, issued this statement, headlined “Pro-Life Betrayers”:
“This Wednesday night is our third annual Campaign for Life Gala, where we were planning to honor Congressman Stupak for his efforts to keep abortion-funding out of health care reform — we will no longer be doing so. By accepting this deal from the most pro-abortion president in American history, Stupak has not only failed to stand strong for unborn children, but also for his constituents and pro-life voters across the country.
“Let me be clear: any representative, including Rep. Stupak, who votes for this healthcare bill can no longer call themselves ‘pro-life.’ The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund will not endorse, or support in any capacity, any Member of Congress who votes for this bill in any future election. Now through Election Day 2010, these representatives will learn that votes have consequences. The SBA List Candidate Fund will work tirelessly to help defeat Members who support this legislation and make sure their constituents know exactly how they voted. We will actively seek out true pro-life candidates to oppose Members who vote ‘yes’ on this bill, whether it be in general or primary elections. For these Members, it will be a quick downhill slide to defeat in November.”
“The executive order on abortion funding does absolutely nothing to fix the problems presented by the health care reform bill that the House will vote on this evening. The very idea should offend all pro-life Members of Congress. An executive order can be rescinded at any time at the President’s whim, and the courts could and have a history of trumping executive orders. Most importantly, pro-abortion Representatives have admitted the executive order is meaningless.”
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