Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) who helped engineer the slim margin of passage for the health care legislation is going to retire. The pro-life member became a lightening rod for opposition after securing an agreement from Obama to ban federal funding for abortions.
President Obama reportedly called to ask Stupak not to resign as did Speaker Nancy Pelosi. With the legislation still unpopular with a large percentage of votes, Democratic members appear to be trying to avoid the issue on the campaign trail. In Stupak’s case, he reportedly said that, while the vote was not the cause for his retirement, he said retaining his seat would require too much of an effort.
Stupak was embarrassed by another member screaming “baby killer” during his speech on the floor, here.
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