“After selling his soul to Nancy Pelosi, it appears that Bart Stupak finally found the courage to tell her no," said Ken Spain, communications director of the National Republican Congressional Committee. "The political fallout over the Democrats’ government takeover of health care has put the political careers of many Democrats in jeopardy, thanks in part to Stupak’s decision to abandon his alleged pro-life principles."
Republicans believe that other anti-abortion Democrats, like freshman Reps. Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio) and Kathleen Dahlkemper (D-Pa.), will also face serious trouble because of their support for the health care legislation without strict anti-abortion provisions." Link
Stupak only voted for the massive overhaul of the US health care system after receiving certain assurances from President
Mugabe Obama. "Stupak announced that a presidential promise in the form of an executive order, stating public funds would not be used in abortions and that “conscientious objectors” such as Catholic healthcare institutions would not be forced to conduct abortions, had addressed his concerns." Link. However, "GOP Rep. Mike Pence blasted the executive order, calling Obama “the most pro-abortion American president in American history.” He pointed out one obvious shortcoming of an executive order: It can be rescinded at will by a future president, or even by President Obama himself if he later changes his mind."
Already, Planned Parenthood's executive president Cecile Richards is hailing the legislation as "a huge victory for women's health, but our work isn't over yet." Richards went on to say "'What the president’s executive order did not do is include the complete and total ban ... that Congressman Bart Stupak (D–MI) had insisted upon," Richards continued..."So while we regret that this proposed Executive Order has given the imprimatur of the president to Senator Nelson’s language, it is critically important to note that it does not include the Stupak abortion ban.". Richards also announced, "Thanks to supporters like you, we were able to keep the Stupak abortion ban out of the final legislation and President Obama did not include the Stupak language in his Executive Order". Link
It's only speculation on my part but I believe that Stupak is experiencing buyer's remorse in voting for the bill. While Stupak was able to secure $726,409 in grants for little used airports in his district two days prior to the vote, Red State's Dave Poff calculated that to 61 cents for each of baby to be aborted. Link
The bottom line people is that if you have principles, stick to them. In the long run, people will think better of you for it. It's been rumored that Obama had the votes even without Stupak's block of pro-life democrats, but why compromise your standards for a few measly bucks? What do you think people will remember about Bart Stupak 20 years from now? That he secured some airport grant money for his district? Or that he eventually caved and voted counter to his earlier claimed convictions? The smart money is on the latter.