Healthcare bill: US lawmaker apologises
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 11:16
Washington: A US lawmaker opposed to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul on grounds it would lead to government funding for abortion apologized today for shouting "baby killer" at backers of the bill.

The admission from Republican Representative Randy Neugebauer of Texas solved a short-lived Washington mystery that had lawmakers, aides, and the media alike seeking out who hurled the charge during the House's Sunday debate.

Neugebauer's angry comment came as Representative Bart Stupak spoke out in favor of the bill following an 11th-hour agreement that set the stage for him and other anti-abortion Democrats to vote in favor of the legislation.

"In the heat and emotion of the debate, I exclaimed the phrase 'it's a baby killer' in reference to the agreement" that ensured passage of the bill, Neugebauer said in a statement.

"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," said Neugebauer.

Neugebauer had blurted out the accusation after a day of heated rhetoric in which Republican cast the health care overhaul in apocalyptic terms, with some saying it would usher in "totalitarianism" or otherwise erode US freedoms.


First Published: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 11:16

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