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.
Bakari Sellers, a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and a key supporter in that early state, scolded Hillary Clinton for her comments about her email server.
"I think that anybody who is of sound mind knows that that comment was ill-advised, flippant at best, and the Kanye shrug she gave ... will be a GIF that will last throughout the campaign," Sellers said this morning on CNN.
Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley wants his party to lean forward. In an interview this morning with ABC News, O'Malley said that Democrats "have to look to the future." And he wants his party to have more debates.
With South Carolina removing the Confederate flag from its capitol grounds, state and local Democratic parties seem to have developed an urge to purge. Salena Zito of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on an effort to get rid of the party’s founders:
[In] state after state, the new racial and identity politics of the modern Democratic Party is erasing them from its history.
Chuck Schumer is coming under fire from President Obama's former top political adviser, David Axelrod. The former advisor is using Twitter to question Schumer's decision to oppose Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.
"Facts are facts, and politics is politics. Schumer made a decision based on politics, not fact," Axelrod wrote in a tweet.
Bill Hyers, a senior strategist in the Martin O'Malley presidential campaign, is calling the new Democratic debate schedule "less democratic."
“By inserting themselves into the debate process, the DNC has ironically made it less democratic. The schedule they have proposed does not give voters—nationally, and especially in early states—ample opportunity to hear from the Democratic candidates for President. If anything, it seems geared toward limiting debate and facilitating a coronation, not promoting a robust debate and primary process," Hyers writes.
Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley is blasting his party for limiting the number of presidential debates. It's been reported that the Democrats are planning to hold only six debates in the entire primary.