Victory or Defeat: The Stupak Amendment
by Katie Walker
Released November 10, 2009

 Washington, D.C.  (10 November 2009) – On Saturday night, National Right to Life Committee and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops gave Speaker Nancy Pelosi the push she needed to pass HR 3962, the “Affordable Health Care for America Act.”

Some pro-lifers heralded victory. The Stupak Amendment kept some abortion funding out of the government-run public option.

Others, including American Life League, called the night a crushing blow to human rights and the battle for a culture of life.

"As the health care debate moves into the Senate, the pro-life movement must repudiate the half measures currently being touted as victory in some pro-life circles," said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. "Far too many vulnerable human beings' lives hang in the balance, not to mention the credibility and integrity of the entire pro-life effort."

“NRLC and the USCCB have dealt a horrific blow to the pro-life movement,” she continued. “If we don't act now and expose this deal for what it is, National Right to Life could again sell out the pro-life movement with the Senate vote."

Here’s a look at the Stupak Amendment HR 3962 – what we’ve lost and what we’ve gained.


Without National Right to Life Committee and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ support for the bill with the Stupak provisions included, HR 3962 could not have passed.

"The Stupak Amendment was no victory for the pro-life movement," Brown said. "NRLC and the USCCB have traded millions of lives for political ‘success.’"

American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to natural death.  For more information or press inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.