Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, confirmed Monday that he shouted "baby killer" during the House debate on the healthcare bill Sunday night as Rep. Bart Stupak explained his support for the bill.
Stupak was explaining why he switched support after receiving an executive order from President Obama forbidding public payment for abortions as a result of the healthcare legislation — a point many pro-life groups disagree with.
In his statement, Neugeubauer said that he meant to refer to the bill as "a baby killer," not Stupak himself. That said, he has apologized to Stupak.
NEUGEBAUER STATEMENT ON HEALTHCARE FLOOR DEBATE
"Last night was the climax of weeks and months of debate on a healthcare bill that my constituents fear and do not support. In the heat and emotion of the debate, I exclaimed the phrase 'it's a baby killer' in reference to the agreement reached by the Democratic leadership. While I remain heartbroken over the passage of this bill and the tragic consequences it will have for the unborn, I deeply regret that my actions were mistakenly interpreted as a direct reference to Congressman Stupak himself.
"I have apologized to Mr. Stupak and also apologize to my colleagues for the manner in which I expressed my disappointment about the bill. The House Chamber is a place of decorum and respect. The timing and tone of my comment last night was inappropriate."
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