GOP Rep. Neugebauer Admits to ‘Baby Killer’ Yell

By Jonathan Blakely

Mar 22, 2010 2:26pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: A Republican congressman from Texas congressman today admitted that he yelled “it’s a baby killer” on the House floor last night during a heated debate. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, issued a statement saying that he made the exclamation during a speech on the House floor by Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., an abortion-rights opponent who was explaining why he was voting for the health care bill. Many who heard the comment thought Neugebauer was called Stupak himself a “baby killer.” But Neugebauer said he was referring to an agreement with the White House for an executive order where the president re-stated federal policy of taxpayer funds not going toward abortions. Neugebauer’s statement: “Last night was the climax of weeks and months of debate on a health care 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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