Bart Stupak announced his retirement today–rather than face his constituents at the ballot box in November.
Here’s what SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser had to say:
“It is unfortunate that, after years of pro-life leadership, Rep. Stupak caved during the final hours of the healthcare debate and voted to fund abortions with taxpayer dollars. With our latest grassroots campaign we criticized his decision to do so and announced our commitment to find a true pro-life member to represent his district.
“In the days leading up to the healthcare vote our polling in the first district of Michigan showed that seventy-eight percent of his constituents said they opposed taxpayer funding of abortion. Votes have consequences and he understands now what the polling revealed: a vote for that bill was a vote against the will of his constituents. Yet he chose to do it and is suffering the consequences.
“Rep. Stupak’s retirement now opens up the opportunity for the pro-life majority in his district to elect someone who will stand firm for Life and uphold the principles the voters elected them to uphold. We are pressing forward to promote true pro-life candidates in Michigan and around the country, Democrat or Republican, who will put pro-life over party.”
From CBN News Peter Hamby: