Bart Stupak's brief defense of voting "yes," on health-care reform was a moving moment in yesterday's debate (whether or not someone yelled, "baby killer" is another matter). He got what he was after in banning federal funds for abortion. Will the bishops agree and congratulate him for hanging tough and getting what they wanted? It would be a good move and create some distance between the bishops' conference and the NRLC who wanted to kill the bill.
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.