4:58 PM, Oct 7, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
North Carolina senator Kay Hagan's position on abortion is the target of a new $620,000 TV ad campaign that is being launched today by the Women Speak Out PAC:
In the ad, a husband and wife, Becca and Ned Ryun, tell the moving story of how doctors saved the life of their daughter Charlotte who was born prematurely at 24 weeks into pregnancy. Photos of their daughter in the neo-natal intenseive care unit flash across the screen, and it isn't until the end of the minute-long spot that the viewer gets a political message.
"For those who are advocating late-term abortions, look at my daughter," says Ned Ryun. The ad concludes with a narrator conveying that North Carolina's senator thinks it should be legal to abort infants like Charlotte late in pregnancy: "Kay Hagan supports painful, late-term abortions. She's too extreme for North Carolina."
Hagan said in 2013 that she opposed legislation that would protect the lives of unborn children after the 20th week of gestation, when babies are old enough to feel pain and able to live long-term if born in many cases.
The bill was introduced and passed the House of Representatives in the summer of 2013 following the trial of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist who was convicted of murder for killing infants outside the womb. When Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, was asked what the difference was between killing a 23-week-old baby outside the womb and aborting that same child in utero, she sputtered and couldn't answer the question.
National polls have consistently shown that Americans' support a 20-week limit on abortion, and support is likely higher in many red states where incumbent Democrats are now facing reelection. In North Carolina, Hagan currently leads Republican Thom Tillis by nearly 4 percentage points in the RealClearPolitics average of polls.
10:30 AM, Sep 5, 2014 • By MARK STRICHERZ
For months, Senate candidate Cory Gardner has been attacked as an extremist on the issues of abortion and Obamacare's contraception mandate. His response has been to disavow his support for a 2010 personhood amendment in Colorado and to support over-the-counter access to birth control. But a few Colorado social conservatives believe that the Republican congressman is missing an opportunity to push back against the real extremism of his Democratic opponent, incumbent senator Mark Udall.
7:15 AM, Jul 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Lucy Flores is the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in Nevada. And as Benjy Sarlin reports for MSNBC, she's known in part for taking an unconventional approach to abortion--she talks openly about her own decision to have an abortion at the age of 16.
Here's how she first brought up her abortion, according to Sarlin:
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:50 PM, Jun 26, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with frequent contributor Adam White on today's Supreme Court rulings.
Not exactly.8:01 AM, Jun 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Mark Udall of Colorado appears in a new TV ad targeting Republican congressman Cory Gardner for his opponent's "beyond troubling" record on birth control and abortion. "Because this really matters, it's important you hear this directly from me," says the Colorado Democrat at the beginning of the 30-second spot. "My opponent, Congressman Gardner, led a crusade that would make birth control illegal, sponsored a bill to make abortion a felony, even in cases of rape and incest."
The ad features images of women and a young girl. Watch it below:
The demise of the pro-life Democrat.Apr 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31 • By MARIA SANTOS
Kristen Day has just sent an email thanking a Democratic state representative in Michigan for supporting a bill banning abortion funding in Obamacare. He’s grateful for her note—she’s only the second person to thank him. “It’s a really lonely road, to be a pro-life Democrat,” she remarks.
1:38 PM, Mar 31, 2014 • By ABBY W. SCHACHTER
Three crusading filmmakers intent on doing stories that no one else will touch have moved on from a truth-telling documentary about natural-gas extraction to a planned TV movie about the man they’ve dubbed “America’s worst serial killer.” By the looks of it, plenty of people want the movie to be made.
Mar 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Liberal media bias is such a fact of life The Scrapbook can’t get exercised about it every day. But there are two subjects in the news a lot in which the fourth estate’s inability to play fair is never less than appalling: Senator Ted Cruz and abortion. Last week, the Associated Press tried to cover both at the same time, and the results were spectacular. Here is the opening paragraph of Philip Elliott’s dispatch:
1:19 PM, Mar 11, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
On May 18, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, will be Barnard College's commencement speaker and will receive the Barnard medal of distinction, the college’s highest honor.
4:04 PM, Mar 6, 2014 • By SYDNEY LEACH
Gimme Shelter, the movie starring Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, and Anne Dowd, is a straightforward and unpretentious film about an unmarried pregnant teenage girl who chooses to have her baby rather than an abortion.
9:31 AM, Jan 29, 2014 • By MARIA SANTOS
The House voted Tuesday night to pass Congressman Chris Smith’s (R-N.J.) No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which expands bans on federal funding of abortions and requires that the Obamacare insurance exchanges clearly describe which plans cover abortion.
Feb 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20 • By PETER WEHNER
At the 1992 Democratic National Convention, the pro-life Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, Robert Casey, was barred from speaking. The message was if you are pro-life, you have no place in the Democratic party.
The new attitude of the Democratic party, at least as represented by New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, is if you are pro-life, you have no place in a blue state.
8:00 AM, Jan 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News: