Bart Stupak on Contraception Mandate

Statement of Former Congressman Bart Stupak
Regarding HHS Contraception Mandate
Democrats for Life Panel Discussion
September 4, 2012

Two and a half years ago, I sat in a small storage room on the fourth floor of the Cannon Building to begin negotiations between the Obama Administration and a group of Pro-Life Democratic Members of Congress.  These Democratic Members, myself included, formed a small handful of critical votes necessary to secure passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, National Health Care legislation.

These negotiations took place without the glare and scrutiny of the national media.  No staff members were present, and discussions were honest, frank, and respectful.  These negotiations, held several times throughout the weekend, resulted in Executive Order 13535, signed by President Obama, and upheld the principles contained in the 40 year old Hyde Amendment which prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.  The Executive Order also reaffirmed the

Upon his signing of the Executive Order, President Obama assured me this was an

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