PolitiFact Gets the Facts Wrong on Democrats and Abortion

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (photo credit: Rona Proudfoot via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

On August 2, Ohio Right to Life (Ohio RTL) blasted the state’s former governor, Ted Strickland, for his position on abortion. A Democrat, Strickland is running a close Senate race against incumbent Rob Portman, a Republican.

According to Ohio RTL: “Ted Strickland stands in lockstep with Hillary Clinton and the abortion lobby in their desire to force Americans to pay for abortion on demand, up until the moment of birth, with their taxpayer dollars.”

Last week, the national fact-checking website PolitiFact accused Ohio RTL of taking Strickland out of context, declaring the statement to be “Mostly False.”

However, PolitiFact’s assessment relied heavily on its own biases, as will be shown below. An e-mail to the author of the post, as well as to PolitiFact’s Editor-in-Chief, went unanswered. Likewise, the “fact-check” was never updated, despite the below points and those outlined at NewsBusters showing that Ohio RTL’s statements were absolutely accurate according to any objective measure.

Words have meaning

According to PolitiFact, a campaign spokesperson has said that Strickland “stands with the people of Ohio who believe that women have the right to make their own healthcare decisions, and that includes all women regardless of income.”

That answer was given when outlining what Strickland thought about the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding of abortion except when the abortion is related to rape, incest, or life of the mother.

Strickland’s position is directly in line with the 2016 Democratic platform, which states: “We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.”

So far, Ohio RTL is right on point. Continue Reading

Tim Kaine: Nuanced Politician, Bad Catholic

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) (photo credit: US Department of Education via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Last week, Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) was announced as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s running mate for the White House. A bland but experienced politician who gave a fantastic debut speech in Florida, Kaine was picked at least in part because he can help Clinton win the battleground state of Virginia.

He was also picked for his liberal take on Catholicism — a religion with which he identifies, but regularly undermines and opposes by backing abortion and marriage’s redefinition.

It is abortion that has drawn perhaps the greatest attention during the run-up to Kaine’s acceptance of the VP slot.

According to the Senator, “I have a traditional Catholic personal position, but I am very strongly supportive that women should make these decisions and government shouldn’t intrude.”

“I’m a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade and women being able to make these decisions,” Kaine continued in his CNN interview. “In government, we have enough things to worry about. We don’t need to make people’s reproductive decisions for them.”

But while Kaine has a 100 percent rating from NARAL and Planned Parenthood, liberals have long been suspicious of Kaine’s support for abortion. He has backed informed consent, parental notification, and a ban on partial-birth abortions. As governor, he allowed “Choose Life” license plates that sent some of the proceeds from the plates to pro-life crisis pregnancy centers.

But like his party, Kaine has gone to the left on abortion over time. Continue Reading

Ignore the Spin: North Carolina’s Bathroom Law Is Remarkably Tolerant

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For six weeks, North Carolina has been the target of withering attacks from politicians, businesses, sports organizations and LGBT activists. The state’s major alleged crime is, to quote Bruce Springsteen, the passage of a law that “dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use.”

The law has led to economic boycotts by Bruce Springsteen, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and executives at PayPal among others, as well as what one conservative attorney has called “bullying” from the U.S. Department of Justice. Doubling the social crime in the eyes of many is that the law overturned a so-called “non-discrimination” ordinance in Charlotte, North Carolina, which mandated that all businesses and public buildings permit people who claim to feel they are of the opposite sex to use whatever restroom, locker room and other related facilities they choose.

But for all of the outcry, the simple fact is that the North Carolina law is both astonishingly modest and largely respectful of individual choice — and the Charlotte ordinance it overturned was neither.

What Did the Charlotte Ordinance Do?

In two different“fact-checks,” PolitiFact stressed that the Charlotte ordinance was modest in its goals, based upon a “he said, she said” between state officials and Charlotte officials. However, both an attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and a plain reading of the Charlotte ordinance make its radical totalitarianism clear. Below is the relevant portion of the Charlotte ordinance. Note that the crossed out material is what changed from a pre-existing ordinance, and the underlined material was the controversially added portion.

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PolitiFact Shows Bias, Sloppy Reasoning in ‘Fact-Check’ of Hillary Clinton’s Abortion Position

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (photo credit: iprimages via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)

During the February 6 GOP debate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, said that Hillary Clinton “believes that all abortions should be legal, even on the due date of that unborn child.”

Despite historical evidence proving this statement to be accurate in both intent and fact, PolitiFact’s Linda Qiu wrote that Rubio’s claim was “false,” concluding that “Clinton does not believe that all abortion should be legal. Instead, she’s said she supports restrictions on late-term abortions except in cases of rape, incest and when the mother’s life and health are in danger.”

As the below fact-check shows, however, it is Qiu’s claim that is factually inaccurate – along with multiple issues of bias and sloppy use of terminology.

LifeSiteNews sent a variation of the below fact-check to PolitiFact editor Angie Holan, urging her to update the piece and to change the ranking of Rubio’s claim from “False” to “True.” Multiple communications yielded no response by press time.

Clinton does support abortion until the day of birth

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Read the full article at LifeSiteNews.com.

Dustin Siggins is the D.C. Correspondent for LifeSiteNews. Continue Reading