With the House’s passage of a health care reform bill that includes the now-infamous Stupak Amendment, abortion has become a hot topic this week. As a result, the RNC was embarrassed to find out that it’s health insurance plan has covered elective abortions since 1991. Pro-life Democrats, then, might be interested to know that Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mi) has received large campaign contributions for years from 2 group that make money selling insurance that covers elective abortions.
Stupak has received over $47,000 in campaign contributions from PAC’s representing Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, both of whom make their money from selling insurance that covers elective abortions. That $47,000 is more money than the combined total raised by Stupak’s opponents in 2002, 2004, and 2006.
Stupak’s district hasn’t been competitive in years. In the last 4 elections, he has beaten the Republican by 30-40%, and has outraised them by orders of magnitude. He could easily live without the abortion money.
I contacted Bart Stupak’s office to see if the Congressman is aware of this issue, and to find out if he intends to return the funds and pledge not to accept them in the future. His office has not yet responded.
Mediaite posted video of Rachel Maddow’s excellent explanation of the Stupak Amendment earlier today. In case you missed it, here is the full video of the House debate on the Stupak Amendment.