David Axelrod, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” stated unequivocally that Stupak will not be part of any health-care bill that might make it to the desk of the President. Obama will make sure of that.
[Foxnews]White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod suggested Sunday that President Obama will intervene to make sure a controversial amendment restricting federal funding for abortion coverage is stripped from final health care reform legislation.
In doing so, the president would be heeding the call of abortion rights supporters like Planned Parenthood that have called the White House their “strongest weapon” in keeping such restrictions out of the bill.
Obama is Planned Parenthood’s strongest weapon, truly their weapon of mass destruction.
Obama signaled his opposition to the amendment last week, but the fact that Axelrod was sent out this Sunday to keep the troops in line reveals their depth of commitment. Obama is committed to a Stupak-free health-care bill.
So what is the takeaway here? If the bill makes out of the Senate and Stupak is stripped in conference, we will know once and for all if there really is a creature known as a pro-life Democrat. They will either support their party, their president, or life. No middle ground.