The moderators at Thursday night’s PBS Democrat primary debate didn’t agree to NARAL’s demand that they ask Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders abortion-related questions, but fear not; the two took the initiative to assure voters they fully intend to bring the abortion-on-demand agenda to the White House.
If one were to watch the beginning of Hillary Clinton’s “I Believe” ad without knowing which campaign it was a part of, one might think it was an inspirational pro-life video. The opening features a father addressing his preborn child: “Hi, little one. It’s me. It’s your dad. You are not born yet… I can’t wait to meet you.” Other parents are then shown addressing their children in similar, heartfelt ways.
During Saturday night’s GOP debate, one question focused on the issue of abortion, as moderator Mary Katherine Ham acknowledged that most Millennials support restrictions on abortion.
But Chris Christie – who had earlier stated that he was pro-life for all life, including “when it’s a lot more complicated” – made an outrageous error. Christie’s pro-life bona fides have been questioned before, as years ago, he referenced a personal donation to Planned Parenthood. The New Jersey governor had seemed to possibly redeem himself with his bulldog approach to Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts and his commitment to defund the abortion giant.
But during Saturday’s debate, Christie inexplicably called one form of abortion “self-defense.”
Just ahead of today’s caucus, Planned Parenthood launched an ad campaign supporting Hillary Clinton in Iowa. The ad campaign – which costs six figures – includes two 30-second television ads, as well as homepage takeovers for two large Iowa newspapers.
The ads highlight Planned Parenthood’s endorsement of Clinton as their chosen candidate for president. With recent polls showing Clinton and Democratic rival Bernie Sanders running very close in Iowa, Planned Parenthood is spending whatever it takes to ensure Clinton wins.
On the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, many GOP presidential contenders were not silent. While Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton continue to defend the horrors of abortion, Republicans Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, and Ben Carson took to social media. Recognizing the tragedy of over 58 million lives lost, these candidates explained why they stand for life.
On Tuesday, presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio announced the formation of a panel of pro-life leaders to advise him throughout his campaign, and possibly into his presidency.
Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio released a new TV ad today that highlights his pro-life values. The ad is set to air in Iowa.
Nancy Pelosi has a long and well-documented history of fighting for abortion. Voting against a partial birth abortion ban, frequently earning a 0% rating from the National Right to Life committee, and receiving the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood in 2014, it would be very, very difficult to describe Pelosi as anything but extremely pro-abortion.
But apparently, she’s not pro-abortion enough for NARAL.
On Friday, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) criticized her colleague, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), after Duffy called on black legislators to take action to protect minority women and babies from abortion.
Duffy declared in his speech, (which can be seen below):
“My friends, liberals, Congressional black caucus members, they talk about fighting for the defenseless and the hopeless and the downtrodden but there is no one more hopeless or defenseless than an unborn baby. But their silence is deafening.”
Duffy cited the high abortion rate among minorities and asked members of the Congressional Black Caucus why they were not speaking out about “how their communities are targeted in abortion.” Moore, who is black, took offense to the pro-life comments.
Speaker Paul Ryan invited the Little Sisters of the Poor to join him as his guests for the State of the Union. But that’s not the only way in which they’re getting a helping hand from Congress.
The office of Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) issued a press release with a link to a bipartisan amicus brief signed by 207 members of Congress in support of the Little Sisters of the Poor. The amicus brief was sent to the Supreme Court in support of the Catholic group and other non-profit organizations in the upcoming case of Zubik vs. Burwell.
On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 240 to 181 in favor of defunding abortion giant Planned Parenthood and shifting the group’s taxpayer funding to comprehensive health care clinics.
While the U.S. House has repeatedly voted to eliminate the abortion giant’s taxpayer funding, this is the first time a measure defunding Planned Parenthood will reach President Barack Obama’s desk, due to the Senate passing it last month by 52 to 47 via the reconciliation process. Normally, Senate filibuster rules require legislation to pass the 60-vote cloture threshold before passage. Continue reading
2015 was a landmark year in the national debate over abortion. The undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress sparked renewed attention on the abortion industry.
The videos underscored how ambiguous the distinction often is between abortion and infanticide. For example, in one video, an employee of Planned Parenthood partner StemExpress described taking a baby boy who was delivered in an abortion at a California Planned Parenthood, cutting open his face with scissors while his heart was still beating, and harvesting his brain.
These videos, however, did not prompt the Democratic Party to alter its stance on abortion. Instead, the party solidified its commitment to the pro-choice cause. In the space of one week in September, the party demonstrated a near-unanimous opposition to restrictions on late-term abortions, including abortions involving the death of the baby after delivery.
The abortion debate has long played an important role in elections, with many voters on both sides considering the issue to be of high importance. But for some time, abortion has largely taken a back seat, particularly in recent elections.