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Emanuel says Stupak bloc had them beat and EO does “not exist by law”

1/18, 7:36p: David Freddoso at WashingtonExaminer.com has a comment on this, as does Kathryn Lopez at NRO Online.

1/18, 7:26p: Well, Lawdy, Speaker Boehner’s office has picked up on the Emanuel admission in a fact check:

Dem Claim: ObamaCare does not promote taxpayer funding of abortion, and legislation is not needed to keep abortions from being funded by taxpayer dollars under ObamaCare.

FACT: In a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune editorial board, facing questions about his commitment to the pro-abortion cause, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel emphasized that the Executive Order on abortion signed by President Obama in March 2010 – ostensibly to eliminate the need for the pro-life Stupak Amendment to be attached to ObamaCare – does not carry the force of law, and as such, has the seal of approval of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others who oppose a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion (Chicago Tribune, 1/14/11). Emanuel also seemed to acknowledge that the EO was a maneuver by the Obama Administration to circumvent a bipartisan majority in the House – and the will of the American people – which supported the pro-life Stupak amendment.

[HT: LifeNews.com]

1/18, 9:10a: INC at RedState.com doesn’t think Stupak was buffaloed at all:

In my opinion Stupak was not so much hoodwinked as looking for a rationale he thought would pass public muster and provide him with a façade to enable him to support Obamacare.  Unfortunately for Stupak, the public found Stupak’s words deceptive.  Unfortunately for America and her unborn citizens, they found Stupak’s principles deceptive.

1/17, 1:19p: On January 14 the Chicago Tribune editorial board met with the Chicago mayoral candidates, including Barack Obama’s former chief-of-staff, Rahm Emanuel.

During that meeting the topic of Obamacare came up and along with it a discussion of the Stupak Amendment.

Emanuel made two interesting statements.

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New Stanek WND.com column, “Democrats for Life betrays pro-life movement”

Friends sometimes find themselves on opposite sides during political campaigns, when emotions can ride high.

Fortunately, just as opponents usually shake hands afterward, so do those friends.

But the rift that developed during the 2010 election cycle between Democrats for Life and basically the rest of the pro-life movement is irreparable, at least as long as Kristen Day remains its executive director.

Day became incensed when pro-life groups fulfilled their promise to target House pro-life Democrats for electoral defeat who voted for Obamacare sans the Stupak Amendment….

Day began publicly bashing other pro-life groups, convinced their motive was not as stated but rather to function as covert operatives for the Republican Party. From Politics Daily, Nov. 3:

“They [pro-life groups] put all their eggs in one party,” said Kristen Day, executive director for Democrats for Life.… “They don’t want two pro-life parties because most of them want a Republican majority.”…

I suppose all the aforementioned would be forgivable after political passions died down, but then Day went too far…..

Continue reading my column today, “Democrats for Life betrays pro-life movement,” at WorldNetDaily.com.

Breaking: Driehaus withdraws complaint against Susan B. Anthony List

On October 5, pro-life Democrat Congressman Steve Driehaus filed a complaint with the Ohio Election Commission, accusing the  Susan B. Anthony List of planning to erect a fraudulent billboard in opposition to his reelection campaign.

Driehaus claimed the healthcare bill he voted for in March, sans the Stupak Amendment, did not allow taxpayer funding of abortion, as SBA List maintained.

Driehaus’s complaint had a chilling effect, causing the billboard company to refuse to post SBA List’s sign, below:

SBA List did get its message out alternatively, via a $50,000 radio ad buy as well as loads of free media, and Driehaus went on to lose to Republican pro-life champion Steve Chabot 52-45%.

As an aside, the ACLU filed an amicus brief on SBA List’s behalf, writing that Ohio election law was unconstitutional.

Nevertheless, even after Driehaus’s loss, his complaint remained – until today.

SBA List has just issued the following press statement. Note that this won’t be over until the OEC says its over, and even then it won’t be over, because SBA List is going to go after this unconstitutional Ohio election law in federal court, which is wonderful:

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Pro-life Democrat Shuler vying to replace pro-abort Pelosi as House minority leader

Pro-life Democrat North Carolina Congressman Heath Shuler announced on CNN yesterday he would challenge renown pro-abort Nancy Pelosi for the position of House Minority Leader:

Well, obviously if she doesn’t step aside then I’m fully aware, I’m going to press forward. You know, I can add and subtract pretty well. I don’t have the numbers to be able to win, but I think it’s a proven point for moderates and the Democrat Party that we have to be a big tent….

Shuler has acquired an 85% positive rating from National Right to Life. He voted against taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research,  supports the Hyde Amendment, and voted for the Stupak Amendment in Obamacare but against the final version that omitted the Stupak amendment.

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Jivin J’s Life Links 11-8-10

web grab.jpgby JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • According to New York Magazine, George W. Bush’s view on abortion was affected by an incident in which his mother (who is pro-choice) showed him the remains of a child she miscarried. The story will be recounted tonight in an interview on NBC with Matt Lauer:
    After Barbara Bush suffered a devastating miscarriage, “she said to her teenage kid, ‘Here’s the fetus,'” Bush told Lauer, “gesturing as if he were holding the jar.” …

    Bush says he got special permission from his mom to recount the private incident in print. Lauer reads an excerpt from the memoir where Bush, who had to drive his mother to the hospital, wrote, “I never expected to see the remains of the fetus, which she had saved in a jar to bring to the hospital.”

    In the interview, he tells Lauer, “There’s no question that affected me, a philosophy that we should respect life,” adding that, “[The anecdote] was really to show how my mom and I developed a relationship.”

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Emails show Kristen Day, Democrats for Life choosing party over principle – and truth

On October 4 and 12 OH Democrat Rep. Steve Driehaus filed 2 complaints with the OH Election Commission to block the Susan B. Anthony List from erecting the above billboard (click to enlarge) 4 places in his district. (Read my previous posts on this topic here, here, and here.)

Democrats for Life president Kristen Day (pictured right) filed an affidavit with each of Driehaus’s complaints corroborating his contention that Obamacare does not allow taxpayer funded abortions.

But earlier this year Day was working overtly and covertly to persuade Driehaus and pro-life Democrat House members to oppose Obamacare without the Stupak Amendment, which would have ensured no taxpayer funds went for abortions.

And this is the very bill those same Democrats ended up signing – without that amendment.

While attempting to persuade Democrats to their faces, Day was secretly working with SBA List’s executive director Emily Buchanan to pressure those Dems with ads. Here is Day and Buchanan’s email exchange. Click all to enlarge…

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Making Hyde Amendment into law a new priority (and possibility) thanks to Obamacare

There has been a lot of chatter about the Hyde Amendment since Obamacare was introduced and passed.

Since 1976 the Hyde Amendment has banned federal taxpayer funding of most abortions. It is named after its original sponsor, pro-life Congressman Henry Hyde, pictured right. But Hyde isn’t a law; it must be approved every year.  Nor did Hyde cover Obamacare.

The Stupak Amendment would have codified the Hyde Amendment into Obamacare, but we all know that ended up on the Democrat cutting room floor.

For years there has been neither the political will nor ability to codify the Hyde Amendment into permanent law – until now. Kathryn Lopez wrote at National Review Online August 9:

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Caught! Obama administration backpedals on abortion in PA healthcare plan; pro-aborts furious

abortion is not healthcare.jpgOn July 13 the pro-life world went ballistic after the National Right to Life Committee revealed that the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan DHHS had approved for PA included federal funding for abortion.
Backing up, per Obamacare, every state must either create its own PCIP, aka “high risk pool,” or implement the federal PCIP, to provide temporary health insurance people who do not presently qualify for individual health insurance due to a preexisting condition….

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