7:45 AM, Aug 28, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
In apparent retaliation for Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush's statements critical of Planned Parenthood, the Democratic party has launched an attack on crisis pregnancy centers. A blog post on Democrats.org said that crisis pregnancy centers "have zero understanding of what women’s health care is." The criticism of the centers was not simply incidental to the attack on Bush; the Democrats devote an entire paragraph to undermining the credibility of pro-life groups that seek to offer pregnant women alternatives to abortion:
Crisis pregnancy centers aren’t exactly known as providers of trusted, quality healthcare. Instead, these centers have the troubling reputation of providing misleading information to women when they face an unplanned pregnancy. Instead of providing compassionate care and accurate information about the right to choose, they’re known for trying to shame and blame women for their reproductive choices, all while making inaccurate assertions about abortion, even claiming it can lead to cancer, and infertility.
Kaylie Hanson, the DNC's Director of Women’s Media, continues the attack later in the post [emphasis added]:
We know Jeb Bush is having a tough time understanding what exactly women’s health care is, and now we know why: because he’s found ‘inspiration’ from crisis pregnancy centers – organizations with a reputation of providing false and misleading information about women’s health. Instead of counseling with and supporting crisis pregnancy centers that shame and blame women and their families for their reproductive choices, maybe Jeb Bush should crack open a biology textbook.
Planned Parenthood has come under increasing pressure recently due to the secretly recorded videos exposing the organization's links to the "fetal tissue" market. The Democratic party and Planned Parenthood have been closely aligned for years, and Democrats have introduced legislation in the past to try to limit the activities of crisis pregnancy centers. However, based on a search of the party's website, this appears to be the first direct assault on crisis pregnancy centers by Democratic party leadership in the 2016 presidential campaign cycle.
12:22 PM, Aug 27, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
If you want a good idea of how much water the media is willing to carry for Planned Parenthood, go ahead and check out this Politico story. It seems Planned Parenthood commissioned a "forensic report" to analyze the undercover videos that have got the organization in trouble for harvesting and selling fetal organs, and leaked it to Politico.
12:04 PM, Aug 27, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Hillary Clinton compared Republican views on federal funding for abortion and elective contraception to the views of terrorists. Speaking in Cleveland Thursday, Clinton criticized Republicans who want to limit federal funding for abortions as wanting to deny "access to health care."
"Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don't want to live in the modern world, but it's a little hard to take from Republicans who want to be president of the United States," said Clinton. Watch the video below:
1:02 PM, Aug 25, 2015 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The latest undercover Planned Parenthood video is an interview with Cate Dyer, CEO of an organization called StemExpress that buys aborted baby body parts from Planned Parenthood and sells them to researchers.
There are no graphic images in the video, but Dyer's comments about shipping the severed intact "calvarium" or skull of an aborted baby are bonechilling.
2:37 PM, Aug 20, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican presidential candidate John Kasich told a voter in New Hampshire Wednesday that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the United States is the "law of the land."
"I would like to ask whether you can respect the Roe versus Wade decision, and I ask because as a lifelong libertarian, I'm looking for a candidate to support who is both a fiscal conservative and not a threat to a woman's right to control her own body," said a voter at a town hall event in Salem, New Hampshire.
Abortion by the numbers in Chile .8:41 AM, Aug 14, 2015 • By JOHN LONDREGAN
The Health Committee of Chile's Chamber of Deputies has voted out a measure to permit the killing of human fetuses in three cases: rape, fetal malformation, and danger to the life of the mother. According to opinion polls, each of these "exceptions" to the protection of life enjoys public support. A July 2015 poll by Plaza Publica-CADEM reports 74 percent support abortion when the life of the mother is endangered, 72 percent in case of rape, and 72 percent when there is a high probability the fetus will not survive, whereas according to the constitution, "the law protects the life of the unborn." Of course, the Constitution is not there to protect the lives of the popular, and the well being of the well loved, it exists to protect those who are disliked and discarded.
12:20 PM, Aug 12, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The Center for Medical Progress has released another video highlighting the questionable and possibly illegal conduct of Planned Parenthood. This time, Holly O’Donnell, a former procurement technician for medical research firm StemExpress, reports that Planned Parenthood would take fetal organs without consent. “There were times they would just take what the wanted,” said O’Donnell. “And these mothers don’t know. And there’s no way they would know.”
Aug 17, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 46 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The New York Times may still be known as the “paper of record,” but the paper’s unresponsiveness in correcting the record is not something that is going to burnish its reputation. On July 20, the Times published a story about the first of a recent spate of undercover videos showing affiliates of abortion provider Planned Parenthood unethically and possibly illegally negotiating the sale of fetal parts to medical researchers. The videos are produced by a pro-life activist group, the Center for Medical Progress.
2:35 PM, Aug 5, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Two Republican candidates for president have approached the politics of the controversy over Planned Parenthood in different and revealing ways.
1:35 PM, Aug 5, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Planned Parenthood now finds itself being heavily criticized after being caught on tape brokering fetal body parts. Fortunately for them, they have no shortage of allies in the media, including PolitiFact.
Fox Business reporter Sandra Smith recently said on air "Almost 95 percent of all (Planned Parenthood) pregnancy services were abortions." On Tuesday, PunditFact, a division of PolitiFact, rated it false.
5:50 PM, Aug 4, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
A few weeks ago, the Center For Medical Progress started releasing undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood selling parts of aborted fetuses.
2:05 PM, Aug 4, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The battle in Washington to stop Planned Parenthood from using public funds is heating up. Yesterday, even Democratic Senator Joe Manchin came out in favor of defunding the organization on the heels of undercover videos showing the organization selling fetal body parts, possibly in violation of the law.
Well, Planned Parenthood is fighting back by using a very deceptive talking point: