Following a win in New York’s primary, Donald Trump took to NBC’s Today on Thursday morning to express his opinions on abortion, an issue which he has been unpredictable on at times. Specifically, Trump argued that the official GOP platform should be changed to allow for abortion in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother.
This morning, Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s office released her opening statement for the Hearing on the Pricing of Fetal Tissue. Blackburn is the Chairman of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives that is investigating the facts behind the fetal parts industry and the late-term abortion industry where babies are sometimes born alive. The hearing began at 10am ET and can be watched live here.
Opening Statement of Chairman Marsha Blackburn
“Welcome to all the witnesses who are here today. I will be introducing each of you in a moment and I look forward to hearing your testimony on The Pricing of Fetal Tissue. As part of my opening statement, I will present a narrative about the exhibits that today’s hearing will discuss. I have said many times, my hope is that both parties can work together on some things and today’s subject matter should be a perfect opportunity to do so for two reasons:
First, at our initial hearing on Bioethics and Fetal Tissue, all witnesses from both sides agreed that no one should profit from the sale of baby body parts. No one.
Second, the Democrats overwhelmingly supported a prohibition on profiting from fetal tissue sales during the 1993 passage of the National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act.
In Episode 5204 of Outlandish Statements by Planned Parenthood, the abortion giant’s president, Cecile Richards, criticized women today. At a campaign event for Hillary Clinton, Richards took to the microphone to declare: “A woman voting for Ted Cruz is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.”
After her sickening contention this weekend that “the unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights,” Hillary Clinton was apparently looking for an opportunity to sound a little more reasonable on abortion. She found it during her interview on “The View” Tuesday (abortion talk starts at 9:40):
The president of the largest chain of abortion facilities in the nation actually had the audacity to claim that lives are at stake in this election. TheStranger.com cited Cecile Richards from a rally held recently in Washington State:
On Sunday morning, Hillary Clinton once more stuck up for abortion as she discussed the issue with Chuck Todd, host of Meet the Press.
On the April 3 episode, Todd asked Clinton her “straightforward position on the issue of abortion.” Her response referred to Roe v. Wade and privacy, as well as typical pro-abortion talking points. She also made this point:
Donald Trump’s abortion muddle continues to get muddier. As Cassy Fiano covered earlier, many pro-life leaders are upset with the presidential candidate for walking right into a rhetorical trap set for him by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. And now abortion defenders are exploiting it to attack the rest of us.
Last night, in a townhall in Wisconsin (the next state that will vote in the GOP presidential primary), Donald Trump said: “…[A]s a developer and as a businessman I’m not sure I was ever even asked the question, are you pro-life, pro-choice?”
However, many videos and articles strewn all over the internet prove that Donald Trump was indeed asked about his position on abortion well before he ran for president. As a businessman, he even came out in support of partial-birth abortion, despite his current claim that he “never really gave much thought to” abortion back then.
You can read more about Donald Trump’s lack of pro-life actions (despite his words) here, as well as proof that his campaign chooses pro-abortion advocates to work with.
Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia vetoed a bill, HB1090, that would have stopped state contracts with abortion giant Planned Parenthood. In a particularly ostentatious move, the governor traveled to a Planned Parenthood in Richmond to sign his veto.
The Virginian Pilot reports that he spoke to “a group of Planned Parenthood patients, board members and staff,” telling them he was “very proud to veto” the bill. The governor’s actions indicate that he considers Planned Parenthood his chief constituent, rather than the voters of Virginia.
After weeks of speculation, President Barack Obama has nominated federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
The talking point that Garland is a non-partisan choice deserving quick, widespread confirmation is already spreading fast and wide across the web, but a deeper look shows that pro-lifers have every reason to hold the line against filling the vacancy until the next president has taken office.
Politico reports that the abortion-supporting Senator Patty Murray is leading her fellow Democrats in a new approach to forcing a hearing on an Obama’s nominee to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court—turn it into a referendum on late-term abortion. Yeah, that should work…
On Tuesday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on late-term abortions and born-alive infants. This is the same Committee which has courageously refused to hold votes on a Supreme Court nominee from President Obama.
While members of the Republican majority presented witnesses in favor of a 20-week ban on abortions due to the child’s ability to feel pain, members of the Democratic minority presented witnesses that were opposed to this idea and, even, opposed to caring for children born alive after failed abortion attempts.
Abortion advocates have been complaining that the debates between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders haven’t devoted enough attention to abortion so far, but that changed a bit at Fox News’ Democratic presidential townhall. The two candidates appeared separately, but Bret Baier asked both abortion defenders whether they would be willing to draw the line at any stage of pregnancy.
Both candidates gave answers that are sure to satisfy their bases, but also make clear they haven’t been thought out on any deeper level.
This campaign season has seen the rise of Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders who describes himself as a socialist. While Sanders is running for the nomination of the Democratic party, it raises the question about how socialist groups view abortion and the right to life.