- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 24, 2010

As an opponent of abortion and the health care bill, I am disgusted by your editorial characterizing Rep. Bart Stupak as a “coward” for voting for the bill (Commentary & Analysis, March 23). Regardless of the merits of the bill, Mr. Stupak, a Democrat, was voting the party line. It is arrogant of the Times to assume that, by acting as the de facto leader of the small anti-abortion wing of the Democratic Party, he was required to be singularly motivated by the abortion issue. Thanks to Mr. Stupak’s efforts, the final bill undoubtedly is far more restrictive on federal government funding of abortion than it would otherwise be. For that, abortion opponents should be grateful.

PATRICK T. HAND

Washington

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