As this story in the New York Times points out, U.S. Representative Bart Stupak's name has been turned into a slogan ("Stop Stupak!") by those opposed to the amendment bearing his name, an amendment that will prevent federal funds from being used for abortion coverage in the ever-changing, highly controversial health care reform legislation. As legislators wrangle over how to reconcile the House and Senate versions of reform, which is plowing ahead despite growing public anxiety and distrust, Stupak is standing his ground: His amendment or no reform.
From the Times:
“'It’s not the end of the world if it goes down,' he said over dinner. He did not sound downbeat about the prospect of being blamed for blocking the long-sought goal of President Obama and a chain of presidents and legislators before him. 'Then you get the message,' he continued. 'Fix the abortion language and bring the bill back.'”
The Times' profile of the congressman takes an insightful look at the man behind the slogan, with a brief and obligatory nod to the opposition, who blame the U.S. bishops for being the puppeteers pulling the Stupak strings. It's worth a read. Click HERE to get the full story.