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  • William McGurn has an excellent column in the Wall Street Journal on Bart Stupak and pro-life Democrats:
  • Amid the recriminations it’s easy to overlook what Mr. Stupak had cobbled together. His amendment restricting federal funding for abortions, passed in November, marked the only bipartisan vote in this whole health-care mess. For the first time since Roe v. Wade, pro-life Democrats had seized the legislative initiative in the teeth of their leadership’s opposition – and brought the party of abortion to heel….

    Now Mr. Stupak has thrown it away. By caving at the last hour, he discredited all who stood with him. (What does it say about OH’s Marcy Kaptur and PA’s Chris Carney that they had already agreed to vote yes even before the fig leaf of the executive order had come through?) In addition to undermining an encouraging partnership with pro-lifers across the congressional aisle, Mr. Stupak signaled that, in the end, you can’t count on pro-life Democrats….
    In signing on to this sham order, the Stupak people signed their death warrant as a force within their party. In an America where a majority now describe themselves as pro-life, they have put legislative accommodations on abortion further out of reach. At least in the near future, they have ensured the Democrats will become even more uniformly pro-choice, and our national debate more polarized.
    And that’s a tragedy for our politics as well as for our principles.

  • At the Huffington Post, Michael Moore is taking credit for Stupak’s vote.
  • Some pro-choicers aren’t happy with Obama’s promise to sign an executive order. Katha Pollitt thinks pro-choice groups should get some kind of payback for taking one for the liberal team. The National Network of Abortion Funds takes the opportunity to rail against the “cruel legacy of the Hyde Amendment.”
  • Don’t read this Washington Post column by Anthony Stevens-Arroyo in which he compares the passage of health care reform to a football game where Pelosi, Casey and Stupak are leading “the Catholic team” on a winning drive. Seriously. You will be dumber for reading it. It’s that bad. Don’t do it.
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