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.
“I live in Colorado. If you see (Udall’s) ads, you would think he’s a moderate,” former Colorado Marilyn Musgrave, now a vice president of government affairs at the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said in an interview. “He needs to be exposed for how his extreme he is.”
While Gardner's response to the attacks has been defensive, outsiders are now trying to take the fight to Udall. The group Colorado Women Speak Out recently released two 60-second ads (here and here) that hammer the Colorado Democrat for his opposition to any legal protections for the unborn. “Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, most Coloradans believe there should be some limits on abortion. Not Mark Udall. Udall believes there should be no limits, not even for painful, later-term abortions,” a female narrator says plainly in one commercial.
The ads are the work of Women Speak Out, a super PAC affiliated with the Susan B. Anthony List. Its leaders now hope to reach a wider audience with its message about Udall. Last week, the organization held a rally on the western steps of the state capitol in Denver to highlight Udall’s position on the Pain Capable Unborn Child-Protection Act, which would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks except in cases of rape, incest, and threats to maternal life and health.
Polls consistently show that voters overwhelmingly support the legislation: A Washington Post/ABC survey found that Americans support the measure by 36-point margin (64 percent to 28 percent). Udall has not tipped his hand about the legislation, but he opposed a similar bill in December 2006 and voted against the federal partial-birth abortion ban.
Like his father, the late Representative “Mo” Udall of Arizona who ran for president in 1976, Mark Udall has made a political career out of balancing the interests of liberals and moderates in his party. But Udall’s re-election campaign has given no quarter to moderates on cultural issues. With data from pollster Celinda Lake and the Voter Participation Center showing he needs to motivate single-female voters to turn out, Udall has made his support for abortion rights and taxpayer-financed coverage of birth control front and center.
Udall’s first ad in the campaign, which aired ten days after Gardner won the party’s nomination for the Senate, depicted Gardner as indifferent if not hostile to women’s interests. “It comes down to respect for women and our lives, so Congressman Gardner’s support for harsh anti-abortion laws is disturbing,” a female narrator says icily. In August, Udall’s campaign released a 30-second ad that accused Gardner of sponsoring legislation that would ban abortion even in cases of rape and incest. “Gardner is sponsoring a bill that would ban all abortions right now,” a male narrator says in a tone of incredulity.
The charge is demagogic. In fact, the bill that Gardner supported, the Life at Conception Act by Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio, is purely nominative; it would define the unborn as persons under the 14th Amendment but give Congress the authority to enforce laws protecting them.
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: