Updated: Where are the Stupak 12? Now They Are 4. And Why They Will Soon be 0!

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!



  • Jen

    Thomas, I think you have a typo here. “How did we do in 2012? Matt Bowman post from then is extremely informative:”

    Since 2012 hasn’t happened yet, I think you meant 2010. :-)

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  • Jay McNally

    It is crucial to remember that NONE of this would be going on if the Catholic Church stopped it’s pro-abort, leftist politicking.

    The Stupak Amendment was written by staffers from the USCCB in Pelosi’s office the night before the vote. They all lied — Stupak, Pelosi, Cardinal George and his staffers by saying this was a “pro-life” amendment. Worst of all, they ignored the advice of countless legitimate, veteran pro-life leaders and organizations.

    Removing the Stupak 12 is an important thing, obviously. Another good project would be to also work for the outright elimination of the USCCB.

    The leadership of the Catholic Church in the US has demonstrated for upwards of 30 years that it is not capable of making mature political judgments in line with Church teaching.

    Just look at the annual CCHD list of groups it deems worthy of Catholic money, and you’ll see the the USCCB is not being guided by the Holy Spirit, but by some other force.

  • Matt

    Will you be writing a post soon on the “pro-life” Republicans who comnpromised their principles and voted for the Ryan Medicare Act, agreeing to hand over trillions upon trillions to insurance companies that provide abortions?

  • bpeters1

    Rep. Joe Donnelly (IN-2) — leaving the House and running for Indiana Senate. […] So basically, of the remaining four Stupak 12 Democrats, only one of them (Rep. Kaptur) has any chance of remaining in office past 2012.” This sounds misleading. As has been pointed out by others, Donnelly is running for one of the two Indiana spots in the US Senate (not the Indiana Senate). So it would seem that he has some change of remaining in a congressional office. And, as I’ve posted in the past, it’s lamentable that conversations about the “Stupak traitors” on CV and places like it never consider Stupak’s post-vote plea that he was between a rock and a hard place, i.e., that Pelosi had enough “emergency votes” in pocket to have passed the bill even without his contingent, but for various reasons (e.g. PR, re-election prospects of the “emergency” votes) was willing to extend the EO. If this account was accurate, posts like this unfairly demonize the guy and his contingent.

    • TrueCatholic

      bpeters1, Accuracy was never a big concern of this blog. Sensational (and misleading) headlines are the order of the day!



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