Former Congressman Bart Stupak from Michigan, a supposed pro-life Democrat, had the votes to stop Obamacare dead in its tracks back in 2010. He had a small but solid band of pro-life members of Congress that were willing to block Obamacare because it funded abortion with taxpayer dollars.
He had the votes. He had them.
For months, in an epic showing of unity, dozens of pro-life groups came together under the Stop the Abortion Mandate coalition to educate the American public that indeed, Obamacare funded abortion directly with taxpayer dollars. The campaign was working and poll after poll showed that Americans got the message and over 70 percent were adamantly against funding abortion with taxpayer dollars.
The coalition supported both Republicans and Democrats who were fighting to stop Obamacare because it funded abortion. The coalition especially fought for those pro-life Democrats who were facing an uphill battle in their own party. Many on both sides of the aisle desperately wanted affordable health care for all Americans and rightly so. But they understood that this great goal couldn’t be met by sacrificing the weakest among us and having taxpayers foot the bill for it.
Taxpayer funded abortion in Obamacare was never considered to be a fatal flaw in the law until the last minute when Congressman Stupak and his band of followers refused to back down. As one of the leaders of the Stop the Abortion Mandate coalition, I was throwing all my support behind these members, as well many of the other pro-life groups.
But Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.) and President Barack Obama needed those votes, and they were going to do whatever it took to make sure that they had them.