His decision to step down after this term in Congress, his sixth, also means the congressman needn't be concerned about rising still further in the Democratic Party's congressional hierarchy. So he can afford to leave on a note of principle. Once again he's raised his voice against pro-abortion legislation. Which would include Obamacare because, embedded in its 2,000 pages of bureaucratic arcana, is a small but sneaky way to subsidize abortions through new, federally mandated insurance policies.
Marion Berry isn't having it, and neither are the other congressmen still standing allied behind Bart Stupak, a Democrat from Michigan, who has given his party's leadership fits by leading a pro-life revolt in Congress. Even the best-laid of convoluted parliamentary procedures can still be thwarted, at least momentarily, by voices of conscience.
The White House keeps saying that its health-care reform won't change the law on this subject, aka the Hyde Amendment, which bars the federal government from paying for abortions. It was passed in 1979 after an aroused public noticed that Medicaid was financing something like 300,000 abortions a year -- in short, a small but bloody bonanza for abortionists. Your tax dollars at work.
In one of the more candid confessions of our times, a pro-abortion justice of the U.S. Supreme Court -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- opined last year that a prime rationale for Roe v. Wade, the Dred Scott decision of our time, was to keep the lesser breeds from multiplying: "Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion."