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.
In an email to students last week, Barnard president Debora Spar and Barnard dean Avis Hinkson, announced the decision by praising Richards. "Throughout her career, Cecile Richards has advocated for civic engagement and public participation as essential components of law-making and the political process,” the email reads. “Now, as head of Planned Parenthood, she is at the center of the ongoing national dialogue on women’s rights and health. Her extraordinary insight and experience will inspire our graduates, whose own lives and careers will contribute to the future of these critically important issues for women everywhere.”
Left unmentioned was that Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest abortion provider, and the organization's legislative agenda is far outside the American mainstream. In February, Richards stirred controversy when she was asked during a televised interview, "When does life start? When does a human being become a human being?" Richards responded, contra biology, "I'm a mother of three children. For me, life began when I delivered them. They've probably been the most important thing in my life ever since. But that's my own personal decision, right?"
Last year, Richards was criticized for being unable to explain the difference between the actions of murderous abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who killed children outside the womb, and late-term abortion.
Planned Parenthood has been waging a high-profile lobbying battle against late-term abortion, despite the fact that the U.S. is one of only 7 countries that allow the practice, and the majority women support a ban on late-term abortions.
Already Barnard students are speaking out against the selection of Richards. In an op-ed for the Columbia Spectator, Barnard senior Kate Christensen decried the college for choosing such a divisive commencement speaker:
By choosing such a controversial figure, Barnard implies that students who take deep offense to this choice do not have valid concerns, and their beliefs do not matter. Choosing a speaker of such moral and political controversy seems to assume that the opposing minority will be shamed into silence for their beliefs and will take this decision more or less sitting down. Perhaps Barnard, in whatever calculus it is doing, does not care about offending and isolating students like me, families in attendance like mine, or beliefs like the ones I hold.
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:
11:03 AM, Jan 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a statement marking the controversial Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, President Obama says that "this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams."
Here's the president's full statement:
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.
9:39 PM, Nov 30, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Authorities say an abortionist with a history of tax evasion, botched abortions, and unusual disposal of aborted babies has died.
Police found the body of Dr. Joseph Booker Jr., 69, at his home Thursday night after relatives complained they could not reach him. Investigators said Booker suffered a stroke and drowned in his shower in his Madison, Mississippi, home.
12:12 PM, Nov 13, 2013 • By FRANCIS P. CANNON
What does Ken Cuccinelli’s narrow loss in the Virginia governor’s race tell us about the future of the GOP?
2:23 PM, Nov 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Abortion advocate Wendy Davis has a strange claim. She now says that she's "pro-life," a term usually associated with those who are against abortion.
The Huffington Post reports:
“I am pro-life,” Davis said during a campaign stop at the University of Texas at Brownsville, according to the Valley Morning Star.
Oct 7, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 05 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
When the cops finally raided the now-convicted killer’s house, he wasn’t particularly disturbed by the intrusion. In fact, he warned police not to go in the basement. Eventually, one of them put on a Tyvek jumpsuit and descended downstairs. The basement was mostly empty, but the flea infestation was so bad the officer’s shoes and pants turned black from the swarm that descended on him. The house was cluttered and full of spoiled food, though it contained several expensive appliances, including an autoclave machine, used to sterilize medical instruments.
12:45 PM, Sep 24, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate and frontrunner in Virginia's gubernatorial race, has been painting his Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli as a crusader on social issues. But McAuliffe has repeatedly refused to answer questions from the press about whether he himself holds extreme positions on the issue of abortion.
America is only 1 of 4 countries to allow abortions post-viability.11:58 AM, Sep 20, 2013 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
It’s easy to become inured to the state of abortion in the United States, but every so often someone sends a shock to the system.