• Abortion,  CA-26,  EMILY's List,  Julia Brownley,  Linda Parks,  Tony Strickland

    CA-26: Julia Brownley Supported by Pro-Abortion EMILY’s List

    California Democrat Assemblywoman Julia Brownley

    Julia Brownley is now on the LIST.

    Four more female House candidates have grabbed the attention of EMILY’s List, a Democratic political action committee (PAC) that supports women who favor abortion rights.

    Democrats Jessica Ehrlich in Florida, Shelley Adler in New Jersey, Julia Brownley in California and Joyce Healy-Abrams in Ohio have been put “On the List,” one stop short of a full endorsement. The designation will give the four candidates access to the PAC’s fundraising base while they work to meet additional benchmarks.

    “From Republican efforts to put your boss in charge of your healthcare coverage to Rush Limbaugh’s vile attacks on women who dare to speak up for themselves, the GOP is waging an all-out war on women,” EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock said in a statement. “Now more than ever, we need strong leaders like Shelley, Julia, Jessica and Joyce in Congress in order to make Washington work for women and families.”

    This will provide significant resources for Brownley in this race who is running against four other Democrats, one independent, Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks and a Republican, California State Senator Tony Strickland.

    Filing closes for this race tomorrow at 5 PM.

  • Abortion,  President 2012,  Rick Perry,  Rudy Giuliani

    President 2012: Rick Perry Will Have to Explain Why Rudy Giuliani Cannot Be His Attorney General

    In 2008 Texas Governor Rick Perry endorses Rudy Giuliani

    I am pro-life but like and supported Rudy Giuliani in 2008. You don’t always agree with a POL on all issues.

    Now, Jen Rubin points out a contradiction for the now front-running GOP Presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry. 

    As other Republican contenders did before him, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed the Susan B. Anthony List’s antiabortion pledge. That pledge includes this: “Select pro-life appointees for relevant Cabinet and Executive Branch positions, in particular the head of National Institutes of Health, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Health & Human Services.” This would exclude people such as Rudy Giuliani as attorney general. That might be fine for some Republicans, but Perry endorsed Giuliani for president in 2008. Good enough for the Oval Office but not the Justice Department? I asked the Perry campaign to explain but no answer was forthcoming.

    What say you Governor?

  • Abortion,  Planned Parenthood

    Video: Do Medicaid Women Need Planned Parenthood in Indiana?

    Apparently not.

    Undercover phone calls released today show Planned Parenthood of Indiana clinics admitting that they are not the only source of women’s health care for women on Medicaid. Planned Parenthood and its supporters have recently argued in support of restoring their Medicaid funding in Indiana that poor women will lose access to vital health care services if they cannot go to Planned Parenthood. Live Action, the group that recorded the calls, says its footage shows the reality is quite the opposite.

    “Indiana has become Ground Zero in the national battle to defund Planned Parenthood, the biggest abortion business in America,” states Live Action President Lila Rose. “As more and more states, most recently Wisconsin and Texas, continue to defund the abortion giant of millions of dollars, Planned Parenthood wants us to believe they are the only game in town when it comes to providing care for Medicaid patients. In reality, their own staff admit that they aren’t the only option for women in need.”

    In an official press release, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards claimed that Indiana’s defunding of Planned Parenthood would “take away health care from thousands of women in Indiana.” Last week, Live Action’s undercover investigators called 16 of the 28 Indiana Planned Parenthood clinics posing as women on Medicaid concerned about where they could receive services if Planned Parenthood’s funding was not restored.

    Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider has been skating by for decades under the disguise that they are frontline providers of healthcare for poor women. Actually, they make their bread and butter on poor women abortions. And, the government has been subsidizing them in an end around the Hyde Amendment which outlaws public funding for abortion services.

    What will be the impact in Indiana, if Planned Parenthood goes away from providing non-abortion related services? Not much…..

    Even Indiana doctors agree that defunding Planned Parenthood in Indiana would have little to no effect on the care and services provided to Medicaid patients.

    “If Planned Parenthood only sees 1% of Medicaid patients in the state, and that’s their statistic, it doesn’t seem like they are making a big imprint in the first place,” said Dr. Geoff Cly, at the Northeast Ob/GYN Women’s Health Group in Fort Wayne, IN. “I know in our group, we currently have capacity to see more patients and I’m sure many other groups could easily take care of the 1% that’s left if Planned Parenthood no longer took care of those patients.”

    Yet, the Obama Administration is threatening to cut $ billions in low-income healthcare funds unless Indiana contracts with Planned Parenthood.

    Exit question: Why?

  • Abortion,  Mitch Daniels,  President 2012

    President 2012: Abortion Bill Key to Mitch Daniels Run for Presidency?

    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, left, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice watch the first half of a women’s NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball game between Texas A&M and Stanford in Indianapolis, Sunday, April 3, 2011

    Apparently so.

    The Indiana House of Representatives voted 66-32 on Wednesday to approve a controversial bill tightening the state’s abortion restrictions and cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood, which now awaits the signature of Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), a potential presidential candidate who has yet to comment publicly on the politically sensitive legislation.

    Daniels has seven days to take action on the bill, and has three options once it arrives on his desk: 1) Sign the bill into law; 2) Veto the bill; 3) Do nothing, and allow the bill to become law after seven days without taking a stance.

    Daniels’ decision on signing the bill will likely provide the clearest indication yet of which way he’s leaning on a presidential bid. If he signs it, Daniels can proudly tout two blockbuster legislative achievements — the abortion bill, along with his recently passed landmark education reform bill — and enter the Republican primary with two significant ideological victories under his belt, providing him an incredible running start in the slow-developing contest.

    If he vetoes the bill, Daniels effectively confirms the suspicions of social conservatives who cringe at the idea of compromising on sensitive issues like abortion — and in doing so, provides the strongest indication yet that he’s putting state governance over presidential politics.

    The legislation would introduce some of the nation’s strictest anti-abortion laws to the Hoosier State, including a provision that outlaws abortions performed after the fetus reaches 20 weeks — four weeks earlier than under current state law. Indiana would join Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma as the only states that outlaw abortions after 20 weeks.

    A potential sticking point for Daniels, however, is the recent inclusion of a provision that cuts off funding for Planned Parenthood, the non-profit agency that provides reproductive health services to millions of women, including many of the state’s Medicaid patients. Roughly half of Indiana births are covered by Medicaid, and Planned Parenthood’s 28 state offices performed more than 5,500 abortions last year alone. Here’s where it gets tricky for Daniels: due to federal statutes that prohibit states from selectively allocating funds to agencies that serve Medicaid recipients, the measure could cost Indiana millions of federal Medicaid dollars if it becomes law.

    Yet despite internal Republican concerns over the Planned Parenthood provision, which was tacked on by the state Senate and approved by the bill’s author, state Rep. Eric Turner (R), the bill passed on Wednesday with only slightly less support than last month, when the original version was approved by a 72-23 vote. The fight is far from over, however, as Planned Parenthood has indicated that it will seek an immediate injunction if and when the bill becomes law.

    The bill provides a unique opportunity for Daniels, who will announce his presidential decision after the legislative session ends on Friday, to prove his social bona fides in the eyes of conservative voters who have viewed him with suspicion since he famously called for a “truce” on social issues in order to address the country’s fiscal crisis.

    My bet is that Daniels signs the bill AND runs for the Presidency.

    Of course, if Daniels vetoes the bill, his Presidential days are over and as a political director for Ronald Reagan’s White House, he knows the political calculus in Iowa and South Carolina.

    But, Mitch has been pro-life throughout his career, so he could sign the legislation and then not run for the White House anyway.

    Stay tuned as a lot is happening in the GOP Presidential field in the next week.

  • Abortion,  Planned Parenthood

    Pro-Life Group Hits Obama and Reid over Planned Parenthood Funding and Government Shut Down

    The ante goes up as a Planned Parenthood Funding rider appears to be a stumbling block on a continuing resolution to avoid a government shut down tonight at midnight.

    Democrats and Republicans can’t quite agree on what has been preventing them from cutting a budget deal — ideology (riders on abortion and Planned Parenthood) or, as House Speaker John Boehner contends, the amount of spending cuts proposed.

    On a conference call this afternoon, the conservative anti-abortion-rights group, Susan B. Anthony List, criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for what they see as threatening a shutdown over funding Planned Parenthood.   

    “It is the height of unreasonableness for this president to single out Planned Parenthood,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the group. “Why is it reasonable to shut down the government in order to protect this one organization?”

    Dannenfelser, a former staff director of the Congressional Pro-Life caucus, accused Planned Parenthood of running on “an abortion-center corporate model” that would funnel the $363 million in of Title X funding in question to increasing abortion services. Federal money is already not allowed to go toward funding abortions. Planned Parenthood notes that 95% of its services are non-abortion related health services, like cancer screenings and providing birth control.

    The policy rider Republicans attached to the proposed budget deal would block Planned Parenthood from receiving those funds. Dismissing Democratic claims her group and like-minded Republican lawmakers are waging a war on women, Dannenfelser and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said the rider redirects the $363 million to one of the country’s other 1,700 federally qualified women’s healthcare providers. 

    Dannenfelser claimed Planned Parenthood only acts as a primary care provider for 19,000 of the 3 million female patients the organization sees each year and cutting their funding will not cause a reduction in women’s health services. Planned Parenthood says that’s not true. Saying “come on” in response to a reporter’s assertion that Planned Parenthood cannot use federal money to pay for abortion services, Jordan insisted the money they receive is “fungible” and said he believes most of those funds do help pay for abortions.

    “For them to make that claim,” Jordan said, “it’s just common sense that money is fungible.”

    I don’t mean to be cynical, but I think Speaker Boehner is using this rider to extract more cuts – as many as he can – and will sacrifice the issue (for now) in the end in order to avoid a government shut down.

    Anyone want to bet though that they only partially fund Planned Parenthood?

  • Abortion,  Barack Obama,  Day By Day

    Day By Day October 12, 2010 – Shell Game

    Day By Day by Chris Muir

    The Democratic Party and Obama game plan has been “hide the ball” with regards to federal abortion funding and ObamaCare. They know it would never pass Congress since the American people do not favor it and they do not want to take the political heat/fallout.

    But, their Far Left constituency demands free, unfettered abortion FOR ALL, since they know best.

    In today’s internet world, isn’t it naive for Obama to think that he can “shell game” this issue?

    Yes and another reason his Presidential approval ratings are in the dumpster.


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  • Abortion,  Barbara Boxer,  Carly Fiorina

    CA-Sen: Desperate Sen. Barbara Boxer Responds to Slip in Polls to Carly Fiorina With Abortion Ad

    California Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer’s Web Ad on Abortion and Carly Fiorina

    Senator Boxer must be sinking in the polls even more than the five points in the latest Survey USA Poll since she is now playing the ABORTION CARD.

    A new poll in the California Senate race shows pro-life candidate Carly Fiorina has increased her lead over pro-abortion incumbent Barbara Boxer to five percentage points. Not content with the results, Boxer has released a new Internet ad that bashes Fiorina on abortion.

    The new CBS 5 KPIX-TV poll released Thursday has Fiorina leading Boxer 47-42 percent with the rest undecided or favoring a minor party candidate.

    The poll also noted that Fiorina’s support is essentially unchanged among men and women, young and old voters, and white and Hispanic voters while Boxer has lost a bit of ground with men, younger voters, and independents.

    Fiorina is capturing 27 percent of the black vote, leads Boxer among independents by 17 percent, and trails with Hispanics by just six points.

    Fiorina has also upped her lead in the Central Valley from 7 percent to 21 percent in the latest Survey USA poll.

    Just hours after the polling results were released, the Boxer campaign dropped a new 15-second Internet ad blasting Fiorina on abortion — an issues Boxer’s people believe will help her in a state that does not follow the rest of the nation in opposing abortion.

    The ad bashes Fiorina for saying, “I absolutely would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade if the opportunity presented itself” in a KTKZ – AM interview in January. It highlights several endorsements Fiorina has received from pro-life groups and pro-life leaders.

    San Francisco political writer Joe Garofoli says the abortion ad could be an indication the Boxer campaign believes the election is starting to slip away.

    Senator Boxer is in deep trouble and her campaign is flailing away trying to find issues in which to bash Republican Carly Fiorina. I don’t think abortion is going to resonate so much with all of the unemployed Californians and with the small business owners who arre going under.

    Moreover, I doubt Boxer’s support for unrestricted abortion, including partial birth abortions, will resonate too well with voters.

    Nice try, Barbara.

    I doubt we will see this ad on television anytime soon.

  • Abortion,  Carly Fiorina,  Chuck DeVore

    CA-Sen: California Pro-Life Council Endorses Carly Fiorina

    California Pro-Life Council

    The San Francisco Chronicle had the first mention last night of the endorsement.

    Just got this scoop from California Pro Life Council czar Brian Johnston: The organization will endorse Carly Fiorina Tuesday over Orange County Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.

    This is a big deal in conservative circles, as this is California’s largest single-issue pro-life group. When Fiorina got the nod recently from the Susan B Anthony Candidate List — think of it as the anti-Emily’s List — Team DeVore dismissed it as a DC-oriented group.(They’re also going to kick Carly $200,000, they told me.) Don’t worry, predicted Team DeVore, California pro-lifers would be behind the rock-ribbed conservative DeVore.

    But this pro-life group, the California affiliate of the National Right to Life organization, isn’t. And the reason has to do with one thing: They think Fiorina has a better shot at winning. In the June primary and in the fall.

    And, then, Jon Fleischman just posted the official endorsement statement.

    This will be a significant endorsement for Carly Fiorina. Having been branded by Chuck Devore as a closet pro-choicer on abortion and a non-conservative moderate RINO, this should help dispel the misstatements.

    Plus, the $200K campaign cash donation will help fuel Fiorina mailers in the last few weeks of the campaign.

  • Abortion,  Chuck DeVore

    CA-Sen: Chuck DeVore Says Pro-Life While He Votes For Public Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

    California Assemblyman and U.S. Senate candidate Chuck DeVore Tweeting

    Oops the impeccable conservative as Chuck DeVore likes to call himself has been caught up in another hypocritical FLAP. Remember the last time it was nanny state hypocrisy.

     This time the subject is abortion.

    DeVore voted to approve the California state budget in 2005 and 2008. Both budgets contained funding for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. Medi-Cal uses state money to subsidize abortion (the use of federal funds for elective abortion within Medicaid is barred under the Hyde Amendment). Both times DeVore voted yes the budgets passed easily, but with non-trivial numbers of GOP no votes. Both times, efforts to separate out the abortion funding from the budgets had already been defeated when the final vote took place. Consequently, the budgets as passed contained abortion funding.

    As of 2004, Medi-Cal funded nearly 40 percent of all abortions performed in California. According to the Women’s Health Rights Coalition, that amounts to “an estimated 90,946 induced abortions out of the total 236,000 performed.” Roughly $33 million is spent funding abortions. Wynette Sills of the Coalition to Eliminate Abortion Funding told a pro-life website that 25 percent of the money goes to Planned Parenthood, despite the abortion provider’s reported $1 billion in revenues. At the national level, the health care debate illustrates the importance of having a precise understanding of how legislation could result in taxpayer funding of abortion.

    Chuck, if you are sooooo pro-life why did you vote for public funding for abortion?

    Why did you vote for these California budgets that included this abortion enabling funding for Planned Parenthood?

    Or did you conveniently forget about these votes?

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  • Abortion,  Barbara Boxer,  Carly Fiorina

    Obamacare: Senator Barbara Boxer Compares Abortion to Viagra

    California United States Seantor Barbara Boxer speaks on the Senate Floor

    Senator Boxer, I’ll make you a proposition: federal government tax dollars should NOT be paying for Viagra or abortion.


    Of course, Seantor Boxer is running for re-election and has used the abortion and right to choose issue as a wedge in every campaign she has run – you know controlling men vs. women.

    Explain your position again, Barbara, when you are running against Carly Fiorina next year.

    By the way, the Nelson/Hatch amendment prohibiting the use of federal tax dollars for abortion services was tabled in the Democratic Party controlled Senate this afternoon. Obamacare legislation in the Senate will continue to carry allowances for this abortion expenditure.

    Senators voted Tuesday afternoon to set aside a healthcare amendment that would have curbed federal support for abortion coverage.

    Senators voted to table a measure from Sens. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Pa.) that would have banned the government from offering insurance plans in a national healthcare exchange that cover abortion.

    The amendment, which needed 60 votes to pass and was not expected to be adopted, was tabled in a 54-45 vote.

    The provision, which mirrored restrictions in the House’s healthcare bill authored by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Neb.), had been offered in part to win over Nelson, who’d previously warned he’d join a filibuster of the healthcare bill if it didn’t contain sufficient protections against federal support for abortion.

    Democrats lost seven of their own members on the measure — Sens. Byron Dorgan (N.D.), Kent Conrad (N.D.), Evan Bayh (Ind.), Ben Nelson (Neb.), Ted Kaufmann (Del.), Robert Casey (Pa.), and Mark Pryor (Ark.) — while two Maine’s two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, supported the tabling.

    The tabling represents a victory for abortion-rights supporters who had worried that the amendment’s restrictions on abortion funding would go beyond what had previously been established by the Hyde amendment.

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