Bart Gordon votes to exclude abortion, then changes vote, calling is pro-life vote a “mistake.”


Pro-life group blasts Bart Gordon for vote to
allow tax-funded abortions in health care bill

Tennessee Democrat first voted for ban, then against

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A statewide family values group Friday blasted Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., for casting the deciding vote late Thursday to kill an amendment to the U.S. House of Representatives’ health care reform legislation that would have prohibited the use of tax dollars to pay for abortions.

Full text of amendment:

Ron Shank, Savannah, director of the Family Policy Network of Tennessee — — said Gordon “betrayed every Tennessean who believes prenatal children have an inalienable Right to Life, and he added insult to injury by casting the deciding vote to force us to pay for abortions, including horrific late-term abortions that brutally terminate those children’s lives.”

“We hope every pro-life Tennessean will join us in demanding that Congressman Gordon tell us which pro-abortion group or lobbyist threatened him, cut a deal, or promised him a campaign contribution sufficient to change his vote from opposing taxpayer-funded abortions to supporting them,” Shank said. “We hope every Tennessean will join us in urging Gordon to vote against Nancy Pelosi’s trillion-dollar socialized medicine, rationed healthcare, and abortion-funding scheme altogether.”

Shank pointed to official House Energy and Commerce Committee records available online, which indicate that Gordon was one of eight committee Democrats who earlier Thursday evening had joined all 23 committee Republicans in voting in favor of the pro-life amendment when it was initially approved by a vote of 31 to 27. (Roll call: )

Committee records indicate that two hours later, however, Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Ca., used a parliamentary maneuver to bring the pro-life amendment back up for reconsideration. This time, it failed by a vote of 30 to 29, with Gordon flip-flopping to cast the deciding vote against the amendment. (Roll call: )

The Associated Press reported late Thursday night regarding Gordon’s flip-flop:

“There was late-night drama in Waxman’s committee as an anti-abortion amendment passed when conservative Democrats joined Republicans to support it — then failed less than two hours later when Waxman used a procedural maneuver to bring it up for a second vote. In the intervening time, one conservative Democrat — Rep. Bart Gordon of Tennessee — changed his vote from ‘yes’ to ‘no.’ And a second conservative Democrat who hadn’t voted the first time — Rep. Zack Space of Ohio — voted ‘no.’ It was enough to take the amendment down on a vote of 29 to 30. The measure would have specified that health care legislation moving through Congress may not impose requirements for coverage of abortion, except in limited cases.”


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One Response to “Bart Gordon votes to exclude abortion, then changes vote, calling is pro-life vote a “mistake.””

  1. Charles L. Morse Sr. Says:

    I have a question for the voters that when asked they all seem to studder and block on when asked .
    What has Congressman done for us in district 6 sense being ellected .
    No one seems to be able to answer it . He talks the talk but where is the walk . We are a poor district needing jobs . We have a growing immigration problem going un noticed . We have a drug problem growing in the district . We have problem with many of our roads . Growing taxes with little feed back to show for the money from Washington DC to pay for it . We have a turn over of small buisness failing . Where is some of that stimilus money we were to get to create jobs . What is being done with all the jobs and companies moving over seas from our district . How will we pay for the healthcare without those jobs . How about the homes burning to the ground for lack of fire equitment , fire plugs or water to reach them . Where is the solar and wind power we need . Where or the visits back to the area to ask the voters what the problems are to be taken care of in the district .
    If we can’t get answers to these question . Why should we keep this man on the job ?

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