Last week in the Daily Caller, I reported on two profiles of courage – or rather one courageous woman and one. . . not so much. Here was my main point:
It isn’t often that The Washington Post describes a defender of abortion as having the “worst week in Washington.” But that is what Post columnist Chris Cillizza did in picking Rep. Renee Ellmers for the honor, thanks to her strange timing in opposing a popular late-term abortion limit while hundreds of thousands of pro-life marchers were in town last week. By contrast, a different female leader had the best week in politics: Carly Fiorina. . .
On the eve of this vote [for the 20 weeks abortion ban], Ellmers let it be known that a reporting provision in the bill had spurred her withdrawal of sponsorship of the bill. But she went much further in one media interview, saying, “The first vote we take, or the second vote, or the fifth vote, shouldn’t be on an issue where we know that Millennials — social issues just aren’t as important [to them].” This is arrant nonsense. The polls show strong majorities of Americans, Millennials included, and up to 70 percent of women support a 20-week limit on this brutal procedure.
Into this maelstrom stepped Carly Fiorina. Her response was both personal and persuasive. In remarks over the weekend to the Iowa Freedom Summit, she criticized the House leadership for their failure to stand by their commitment to vote on the Pain Capable measure. She called the “hypocrisy” of liberals on abortion “breathtaking,” saying, “Liberals believe that flies are worth protecting, but that the life of an unborn child is not.”
Finally, in remarks that profoundly moved the crowd in Des Moines, she described the brave decision by her husband Frank’s mother, who, when pregnant, rejected medical advice to abort on health grounds. Frank, she told the crowd, was “the joy” of his mother’s life and “the rock” of hers. All in all, it was an extraordinarily powerful moment.”
I have no doubt which kind of leadership will prevail on the Pain Capable Abortion Act. In the meantime, enjoy watching Carly Fiorina, a woman of integrity, speak for the voiceless:
Marjorie Dannenfelser is the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life organization dedicated to electing leaders and advancing legislation to reduce and ultimately end abortion.