Stupak Set to Retire After Health Care Win

Representative Bart Stupak, a Catholic pro-life Democrat from Michigan and a central figure in the abortion debate surrounding the health care reform law, said on April 9 that he will retire from Congress at the end of his current term. “When I first ran for Congress in 1992, I campaigned on a pledge to make affordable quality health care a right, not a privilege, for all Americans,” he said at a press conference in Marquette, Mich., in his home district. “In March we finally accomplished what I set out to do 18 years ago,” he said. “I’m proud to have helped bring it across the finish line.” Stupak said angry callers who have criticized him for voting for health reform were not a factor in his decision to retire from the House. Last fall Stupak was the main sponsor of an amendment to the House reform plan meant to extend the original Hyde Amendment, which forbids federal funding of abortions. In March he led negotiations that resulted in an executive order by President Obama prohibiting federal funding of abortion in connection with the health care reform package that passed Congress and was signed into law.

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

“To the Bone,” which recently premiered on Netflix, tells the story of 20-year-old Ellen (Lily Collins), who is living with anorexia nervosa.
Karen RossJuly 21, 2017
The distinction between the disciplines of theological work and how these function in our common life is necessary.
What is it about habits and cassocks that capture the imagination of even secular audiences?
Ashley McKinlessJuly 21, 2017
Why Ron Hansen will never read the Gospels the same.
Ron HansenJuly 20, 2017