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Posted by on Mar 18, 2010 in Breaking News, Economy, Health, Politics, Religion, Society | 4 comments

Bart Stupak and the Nuns

That Bart Stupak, he’s a real respectful guy, isn’t he? Especially to those, um, female caregivers in those Catholic hospitals that he and the bishops are so concerned about (emphasis is in original):

According to Fox:

Congressman Bart Stupak, D-Mich, responded sharply to White House officials touting a letter representing 59,000 nuns that was sent to lawmakers urging them to pass the health care bill.

The conservative Democrat dismissed the action by the White House saying, “When I’m drafting right to life language, I don’t call up the nuns.” He says he instead confers with other groups including “leading bishops, Focus on the Family, and The National Right to Life Committee.”

And who would expect him to consult the nuns?

They’re only women, after all.  And we know the men run the institutional Catholic church.  If they didn’t, there wouldn’t be an international pedophilia scandal.
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Consult the nuns? People who, despite their vows of chastity, also menstruate, and work directly with–indeed touch every day–the people who are most in need?

But hang on now — Bart Stupak is not through telling us how he feels. He wants us to know that trying to write women’s health care out of a health care reform bill has been “a living hell” for him:

The telephone lines in his Washington and district offices have been “jammed” and he’s gotten more than 1,500 faxes and countless e-mails — most of which he says don’t come from his constituents.
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The fight has taken a toll on his wife, who has disconnected the phone in their home to avoid harassment.

“All the phones are unplugged at our house — tired of the obscene calls and threats. She won’t watch TV,” Stupak said during an hourlong interview with The Hill in his Rayburn office. “People saying they’re going to spit on you and all this. That’s just not fun.”

Cue up the world’s smallest violin:

Poor baby Bart Stupak is whining and crying to The Hill about how tough it’s all been on him. I wonder if he has any clue how tough it is for women to be forced to bear children against their will? Or do you suppose he has any idea how tough it is for the 30 million people who are [uninsured]?
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But none of that really matters because it’s all about Bart[.]

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  • OAE_Chief

    A guy, who last year at this time, very few people outside his district had ever heard of, tried to run with the big dogs. He shoulda stayed on the porch.

    His dissin’ the nuns won’t endear him to a lot of the faithful. And he isn’t helping the Catholic church who has new & bigger problems in both Ireland and Germany

    • shannonlee

      The Pope sent Ireland an e-card. I’m sure they will be okay.

      We could read sexism into his comment, but really, he is probably just being pissy about the nuns not supporting him.

  • JSpencer

    Stupak is such an embarrassment to the state of Michigan. I thought his 15 minutes of fame would have been over by now, but of course I underestimated the media’s and the electorate’s weakness for fools.

  • DLS

    Awww, y’all have to postpone releasing those balloons.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2010/03/18/health-care-bill-when-might-the-white-house-celebration-begin/

    So you and the nuns are giving ol’ Bart the Joan of Arc treatment? Heh.

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