This quote featured in a recent CatholicVote newsletter (you get those, right?) caught my attention:
Former Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper recently said:
“I would have never voted for the final version of the bill if I expected the Obama administration to force Catholic hospitals and Catholic colleges and universities to pay for contraception.”
Thanks, but it’s a little too late for that!
The operative word in that quotation for me is “former.” Kathy Dahlkemper is no longer a Congresswoman, and that’s good news for the unborn.
As I’ve mentioned before, I believe memory is perhaps one of the most important virtues for an informed citizenry to foster. It’s important that we remember that some Democrats who claimed to be pro-life compromised their deepest principles because of political pressure and self interest. As a result, we pledged ourselves to removing them from office as soon as possible.
How did we do in 2012? Matt Bowman post from then is extremely informative:
Bart Stupak (MI-1) retired rather than face re-election. He was replaced by pro-life Rep. Joe Benishek.
Brad Ellsworth (IN-8) lost re-election to pro-life Rep. Larry Bucshon.
Jim Oberstar (MN-8) lost re-election to pro-life Rep. Chip Cravaack.
Charlie Wilson (OH-6) lost re-election to pro-life Rep. Bill Johnson.
Steve Dreihaus (OH-1) lost re-election to pro-life Rep. Steve Chabot. (Dreihaus went on to sue the pro-life Susan B. Anthony list who he claims was responsible for him losing. Talk about sour grapes.)
Rep. Dan Lipinksi (IL-3) who did not sell out his pro-life convictions was re-elected by a wide margin.
That leave four Democrats who survived the 2010 elections who are still in office (the “Stupak 12″ are actually 10 because some of the 12 pro-life Democrats refused to vote for the bill in the end). And of those four, only one is still slated to re-run for office in 2012:
Rep. Jerry Costello (IL-12) — retiring. open seat race.
Rep. Joe Donnelly (IN-2) — leaving the House and running for Indiana Senate.
Rep. Dale Kildee (MI-5) — retiring. open seat race.
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) – is slated to run against fellow Democrat Dennis Kucinich after her congressional seat is redistricted.
So basically, of the remaining four Stupak 12 Democrats, only one of them (Rep. Kaptur) has any chance of remaining in office past 2012. I’ll continue to monitor how this race develops.
May this serve as a warning to future representatives and senators tempted to compromise their pro-life convictions.
I’ll be writing a post soon on the “pro-life” Democrat Senators who compromised their principles and voted for Obamacare. They are the next ones up for pro-life replacement!