From DC House insider:
The Executive Order does not apply the principles of the Hyde amendment. Instead it reiterates the Senate language that allows subsidies for insurance policies that cover abortion by collecting a special abortion fee from every person who enrolls in a plan that covers abortion. This approach is contrary to the clear language of the Hyde amendment which states, no taxpayer funds “shall be expended for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion.”
By providing abortion coverage to millions of Americans who currently do not have such coverage, the pending legislation will contribute to an increase in the number of abortions. Even Alan Guttmacher Institute research demonstrates that when abortion funding is made available the number of abortions increase by roughly 25% for the covered population.
Even if the text of the Executive Order were to effectively apply the Hyde amendment to the Senate health care bill (which it does not), it would still be ineffective because Executive Orders cannot overturn statutory law. Even pro-abortion Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) speaking on this abortion Executive Order has said that it cannot change the law….
UDPATE 5:45p: On the other hand, NOW’s statement entitled, “President Obama breaks faith with women”:
President Obama campaigned as a pro-choice president, but his actions today suggest that his commitment to reproductive health care is shaky at best. Contrary to language in the draft of the executive order and repeated assertions in the news, the Hyde Amendment is not settled law – it is an illegitimate tack-on to an annual must-pass appropriations bill. NOW has a longstanding objection to Hyde and, in fact, was looking forward to working with this president and Congress to bring an end to these restrictions. We see now that we have our work cut out for us far beyond what we ever anticipated. The message we have received today is that it is acceptable to negotiate health care on the backs of women, and we couldn’t disagree more.
UPDATE, 5:40p: Referring to 5:15p update, this tweet from Townhall’s John Hawkins: “Clue #1 for Stupak that his piece of paper means nothing:The head of pro-choice caucus in cong. approved it.” So any pro-abort anger may be feigned.
UPDATE, 5:15p: Consolation: At least some pro-aborts are apparently “livid,” having not been showing the executive order’s language before Stupak’s press conference. There is concern that “the intent of the order is to go further than Hyde.” They may be blowing smoke.
UDPATE, 5p: My comment: It is what it is. I’m heartsick. But the Lord knows. This episode is just another reminder we cannot put our hope in any person. I worked my church’s tech booth this weekend so was blessed to hear 8 times this reminder from a beloved hymn: “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” Amen.
LifeNews.com has pro-life/family group responses, unanimously condemning Stupak’s decision.
UPDATE, 4:51p: Have been celebrating my mom’s 75th birthday with family. So here’s a recap of the past 4.5 hours: Maybe, maybe not, yes, no, yes. Stupak’s press conference…
UPDATE 12:25p: CNN’s Evan Glass just tweeted, “Stupak: ‘I’m still a no // There is no deal yet. It’s a work in progress. Maybe we’ll get there today.’” Here’s reconfirmation from a CNN producer who spoke directly with Stupak….
[HT: Steve Ertelt at LifeNews.com]
UPDATE, 12:22p: Stupak canceled a 12:30p EST press conference. There’s still hope.
UPDATE, 12:14p: The Daily Caller is reporting protesters are converging at and near the Capitol.
UPDATE, 12:05p: MSNBC is reporting Stupak is a “yes.” National Review Online has a preliminary copy of Obama’s executive order, “a dangerous, non-binding show,” according to Kathryn Lopez.
UPATE, 10:48a: Whether this executive order would be binding or not, pro-aborts don’t like it. Still can’t believe they’d let Obama/Dems do this.
UPDATE, 10:35a: Twitter update: “Stupak headed to Capitol to look at executive order. Leaning yes? ‘We’ll see.’”
This from Politics Daily:
House Democrats have scheduled a 12:30 meeting of their caucus in advance of the 1:00 House debate on the bill, and Stupak said he hopes to be able to share the language of a possible executive order with his fellow Democrats at the time.
10:25a: Bart Stupak appeared on MSNBC this morning. He said there are still 8 committed “no” votes to healthcare in his bloc pending resolution of the abortion issue.
Stupak indicated he’s hopeful an executive order will take care of their concerns, although the USCCB all the pro-life/family groups he has previously said have his ear have indicated it wouldn’t do the trick.
Still trying to figure out what’s going on. I can’t imagine pro-aborts would agree to Obama writing the Hyde Amendment, i.e., the Stupak Amendment, into the healthcare bill, if that’s even legally binding.
Stupak seemed to say this is almost a done deal, and he hopes for a healthcare vote today…