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:
In 2012, she testified in support of a bill expanding school health programs. As she explained from the witness table, her school’s failure to teach sex education had a direct impact on her family. “I had six other sisters … all of them became pregnant in their teens – all of them,” Flores said. “One of them was 14 years old when she got pregnant with twins.”
Then, with a nervous laugh, Flores told her colleagues something she had never admitted to anyone. “Since I’m sharing so much this session, I might as well keep going,” she said. “I always said that I was the only one who didn’t have kids in their teenage years. That’s because at 16, I got an abortion.”
Her eyes welled up and her voice caught as she described how she had convinced her father to pay the $200 cost for the procedure. She didn’t want to end up like her sisters, Flores told him. “I don’t regret it,” she said. “I don’t regret it because I am here making a difference, at least in my mind, for many other young ladies and letting them know that there are options and they can do things to not be in the situation I was in, but to prevent.”
She's being praised in places like Slate ("Finally, a Politician Admits to Having an Abortion Simply Because She Wasn’t Ready for a Baby"). And as she takes the campaign to MSNBC, which she did over the weekend, she's talking about her decision to have an abortion--and the courage she believes she's so far displayed.
"I'm unapologetic about being pro-choice," she said in an on-air interview with MSNBC, "and standing up for women and their ability to make their own health decisions and, you know, I've always been pro-choice, I am that now, and so that hasn't necessarily been, you know, a wedge issue that has been brought up in the campaign.
"Now certainly people do remember my testimony -- and people, you know, are just thankful that there is a politician -- I mean I hate to refer to myself as a politician -- but, you know, an elected official. I mean, I came here to do a job to try to improve people's lives and sometimes that requires making courageous decisions and I think that's what all elected officials are supposed to do. And people you know really appreciate that--that I did that, and I've always just been very honest about the things that have occurred in my life. You know, decisions that I've had to make. Because people experience that every day of their lives."
The MSNBC host agreed with Flores's claim that it took courage to speak out. "I think voters really appreciate that level of candor and courage, really."
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.
8:00 AM, Jan 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
10:01 AM, Jan 22, 2014 • By MARJORIE DANNENFELSER
In 2012, Democrats ran a well-coordinated campaign to demonize and distort pro-life candidates as anti-woman misogynists hell-bent on taking away birth control. The Republican response to this line of attack consisted mostly of pivoting away to focus on “jobs” and the “economy.” With rare exceptions, instead of responding, GOP candidates were unwilling to answer the attacks head-on.
7:55 PM, Jul 2, 2013 • By FRED BARNES
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today agreed to be the lead sponsor of a Senate bill to ban abortion after an unborn child is 20 weeks old. A similar measure passed the House last month and a state version is now being debated in the Texas legislature, where it is likely to be approved.
2:42 PM, Jul 2, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Many Republican insiders continue to push the narrative that the GOP lost in 2012 because of the Hispanic vote and social issues, rather than because a badly broken Republican nomination process produced a candidate who didn’t emphasize Obamacare and didn’t motivate downscale rural white Americans to vote. In light of this ongoing debate, it’s worth revisiting Gallup’s illuminating polling on abortion.
4:03 PM, May 17, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Among the questions the Internal Revenue Service asked an pro-life conservative group in Iowa: What do you pray about? Chris Moody at Yahoo! News has the story:
May 13, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 33 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The massacre of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut, last December rightly sparked a national conversation about policies that might be enacted to prevent such atrocities in the future. But where is the national conversation in response to the massacre of innocents carried out in Philadelphia by Kermit Gosnell?
2:02 PM, Apr 16, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The problem with Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist on trial for killing a mother and at least seven infants born alive after botched abortions, is that the government has too many anti-abortion regulations and not enough public funds for providing abortions to poor women. That’s according to the participants on a conference call hosted by RH Reality Check, a news and commentary website focused on “reproductive & sexual health and justice.”
9:01 PM, Apr 11, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, the Republican party's 2012 vice presidential nominee, delivered the following address at Thursday night's Susan B. Anthony List gala:
10:19 AM, Apr 4, 2013 • By JOE LUPPINO-ESPOSITO
The Johns Hopkins University office of institutional equity has determined that pro-life students who want to conduct sidewalk counseling outside of a Baltimore abortion clinic are not engaging in harassment under university policies.
The students in Voices for Life have requested recognition from the student government association (SGA) but were turned down because the student government believed that the group would be harassing members of the public, in violation of school policies.
A Catholic University scholar’s data-free theory on Romney and abortion. Oct 1, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 03 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Professor Stephen Schneck is a conundrum. He’s a Catholic who works for the Catholic University of America (CUA). But he’s involved with the group Catholics for Obama—despite the church hierarchy’s view that the president is attacking the religious freedom of Catholics. He’s pro-life. But he supports Democratic politicians universally—even though the party has become manifestly hostile to pro-lifers. Schneck’s most puzzling contradiction is this: He claims that while Democrats support abortion rights, it’s really Republicans who cause abortions.
12:55 AM, Sep 5, 2012 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Four years ago in Denver, the group Democrats for Life hosted an event. A tiny cadre of anti-abortion Democrats assembled in a hotel conference room and were treated to a hopeful talk led by Senator Bob Casey and Representatives Lincoln Davis and Heath Shuler. The pro-life caucus was a minority in the party, they realized, but it was a crucial bloc and it would not be left behind by a President Obama, he of the purple states and the hope and change. A new era for pro-life Democrats was just around the corner.
Why they can’t stop talking about abortion.Sep 10, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 48 • By FRED BARNES
For Democrats, the issue of abortion is a hardy perennial. They turn to it in hope of persuading voters that Republicans, in their opposition to abortion, are extremists and antiwoman.