Stupak was at a press conference to call for the repeal of the North American Free Trade Agreement, but the crowd of reporters that gathered wanted to ask about abortion.
The Michigan moderate initially said he wouldn’t answer questions about health care, but then he fielded several. He was standing with Reps. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.). Taylor said that they were okay with reporter questions on health care because they both voted for Stupak’s amendment and against the final bill.
“Why do you think we invited this rock star? Do you think you’d come to see us?” Taylor said.
“Some people refer to (me) as Rockette,” Stupak said, to laughter.
Stupak told the crowd that he doesn’t care about process, only the outcome, in making sure no provisions in the final legislation can be construed to allow abortion.
“It doesn’t have to be the ‘Stupak amendment,’” he said. “Heck, we can make it the (Gene) ‘Taylor amendment.’ I don’t care. I have no pride of authorship.”
Taylor moved toward the microphone.
“No, because I’m not going to vote for the bill,” the Democrat said.