WATCH: Trump, Clinton Spar over Abortion in Final Debate

Things got spirited early during last night’s final presidential debate when moderator Chris Wallace asked both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to discuss their views on abortion, the Supreme Court, and Roe v. Wade. Trump reiterated his campaign promise to appoint pro-life justices and attacked Clinton on her support for partial-birth abortion, while Clinton reaffirmed that she would defend Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood as president.

You can watch the full exchange and read the transcript below:

WALLACE: Well, let’s pick up on another issue which divides you and the justices that whoever ends up winning this election appoints could have a dramatic effect there, and that’s the issue of abortion.

TRUMP: Right.

WALLACE: Mr. Trump, you’re pro-life. But I want to ask you specifically: Do you want the court, including the justices that you will name, to overturn Roe v. Wade, which includes — in fact, states — a woman’s right to abortion?

TRUMP: Well, if that would happen, because I am pro-life, and I will be appointing pro-life judges, I would think that that will go back to the individual states.

WALLACE: But I’m asking you specifically. Would you like to…

TRUMP: If they overturned it, it will go back to the states.

WALLACE: But what I’m asking you, sir, is, do you want to see the court overturn — you just said you want to see the court protect the Second Amendment. Do you want to see the court overturn Roe v. Wade?

TRUMP: Well, if we put another two or perhaps three justice on, that’s really what’s going to be — that will happen.

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WATCH: Are These Abortion Attack Ads Hurting Russ Feingold?

A super PAC launched this ad at the end of September attacking former Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold for voting in favor of partial-birth abortion eight times:

Great news, given Republicans are so seldom willing to put the Democrats’ abortion extremism in front of voters.

The latest polling shows a big drop in support for Feingold — he’s lost 5 points since October 6th. Republican Ron Johnson is now within 3 points. Surely many factors are in play, but punching Feingold on late-term abortions clearly didn’t hurt.

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Cruz: Do You Trust Trump to Appoint the Next Supreme Court Justice?

As we move to our nation’s date with destiny — to Trump or not to Trump — Ted Cruz is using the life issue to make the case that Donald Trump can’t be trusted to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, a champion for life, marriage, religious liberty — and that pesky Second Amendment:

Trump is upset that Cruz called Trump’s sister a “radical pro-abortion extremist” judge and seems unaware that she struck down a partial-birth abortion bill in New Jersey, really not long after he said on national TV that he would not ban partial-birth abortion because he was (then) totally pro-choice.

Meanwhile, the media in the person of CNN’s Erin Burnett continues its trope that being pro-life is a political problem for Republicans, asking John Kasich if he’s willing to lose the election by signing a bill defunding Planned Parenthood in Ohio. (Yes he is, apparently, except that defunding Planned Parenthood is not as unpopular as CNN thinks.)

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After Justice Scalia’s Passing, Republicans Need a Unified Message

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Republicans have a winning message on the replacement of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and all the candidates need to get on board.

It’s a two part message. Let the people decide in November, because President Obama’s (or Hillary’s) appointee would radicalize the country.

The Senate is exercising its constitutional duty to withhold consent by holding no hearings or votes, so that it can preserve the people’s right to vote on the court’s direction this November.

And what they are voting on is a specific set of issues: a court that would impose partial-birth abortion, delete the Second Amendment, and rubber stamp Democratic presidents’ executive orders if Justice Scalia is replaced by a liberal.

Democrats think they can make this a winning message for them by highlighting Republican obstructionism. They are right — if Republicans stray from their message.

But if Republicans go on offense, it is a loser for Democrats in the fall. The Senate is doing what the people elected them to do in 2014 — put a check on President Obama’s radical executive excesses and protect the people’s right to decide on any transformative changes. It’s no longer hypothetical what those changes are: because Scalia could represent the Court’s swing vote, we might as well write on the November ballot alongside the Democrats’ names, partial-birth abortion, gun confiscation, and lawless Democratic executive orders thwarting the people’s representatives.

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Marjorie’s Media Pick of the Week: Rick Santorum

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Last Friday, seven GOP presidential candidates sat down for a “Thanksgiving Dinner” style forum with Frank Luntz in Iowa. The discussions covered a variety of policy issues, but the theme of the evening centered on faith and family.

Senator Rick Santorum shared a moving story about a time he believed God was testing the limits of his strength. He recalled feeling compelled to champion the life issue during the fight to override then President Clinton’s veto on the partial-birth abortion ban.

On the last day of the debate, he offered an impassioned argument for the sanctity of human life. Sen. Santorum’s heartfelt speech was inspired by the fact that his wife, Karen, was 20 weeks pregnant and awaiting a sonogram to determine the health of their unborn son.

Mr. Santorum has been a champion for life throughout his political career, and we thank him for his powerful and consistent voice!

You can watch his testimony and read the transcript below:

But when I did find the Lord I found myself in a situation where I felt called to take up issues that I vowed I would never do before, and one of them was the issue of life. It just so happened that the issue of partial-birth abortion was on the floor of the Senate at the time and President Clinton had vetoed it, and the person who was supposed to override that veto – fight for it – was a senator from New Hampshire who was up for re-election and he didn’t want to do it because New Hampshire is a tough state, as we all know, on that issue.

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Marco Rubio Slams Hillary Clinton on Abortion

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Marco Rubio was interviewed Thursday by Glenn Beck on abortion.  Beck raised the point that Hillary Clinton’s call for gun control in the wake of the Oregon shooting ignores the legal slaughter of unborn children across the nation.  Rubio agreed, stating that while he believes that people should have a choice in what happens to their body, in the case of abortion policymakers should choose life:

GLENN BECK: Hillary Clinton said just the other day, ‘How many more of our innocent children have to be slaughtered before we say enough is enough?’ She of course was talking about the slaughter of children in Oregon, not in Planned Parenthood.

MARCO RUBIO: Yeah, again, terrible tragedy what happened in Oregon, but you’re right, every single year unborn in this country are killed legally, through laws that allow that to happen. Look, I recognize this is tough issue and I actually do believe that a woman has a right to choose with her body. The problem is that when there’s a pregnancy, there’s another life involved and that life has a right to live. And so, as policymakers we have to choose between two competing rights, and I’ve chosen as a matter of principle to choose life in that debate.

Rubio then went on to denounce Clinton for her support of late term abortion and called her out for voting in favor of partial-birth abortion (a practice that was made illegal in 2003):

RUBIO: [Clinton] on the other hand, she supports abortion on demand at any stage.

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Planned Parenthood Advocate: Fetal Dismemberment Is a “Humane Procedure”

This simply has to be heard to be believed.  During yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on Planned Parenthood’s practices, Priscilla Smith, Director of Yale Law School’s Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice, was asked by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) whether she felt a dilation and extraction abortion procedure, during which an unborn child may have its limbs torn off while still alive, was “a humane way to die.”  Smith’s answer was astounding:

SMITH: I believe for a fetus—a pre-viable fetus—yes, a “d and e” [dilation and extraction] procedure is a very humane procedure, and it protects the woman and her health and safety more than any other procedure.  And in fact, it was substituted for the saline—

Photo credit: Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

REP. GOODLATTE: Ms. Smith, I’m going to reclaim my time and just say that—I have to say that your view of humanity and mine are different.

Add “humane” to the list of words that have completely lost their meaning for those on the Left.

Paul Dupont is a legislative assistant for American Principles in Action.

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New Planned Parenthood Video May Be the Most Disturbing Yet

The Center for Medical Progress has just released its seventh video documenting its undercover interactions with Planned Parenthood.  Many chilling activities have come to light in the last few weeks, but possibly none reach the level of what is alleged here: that Planned Parenthood allows infants to be delivered alive in order to procure the best possible samples of body parts.

The video is below, along with five key quotes.  A warning: some of the footage may be disturbing.

FIVE KEY QUOTES:

1.) PP Senior Medical Director: “Providers that use digoxin use it for one of two reasons. There is a group of people who just use it so that they have no risk of violating the federal abortion ban, which is if you induce the demise before you do the procedure, nobody’s going to say you did a … partial birth abortion.”

2.) Novogenix Laboratories Executive Director: “So, you know, there are times when after the procedure is done, the heart is actually still beating…”

3.)Former Stem Express employee: “I don’t know if that [a heartbeat] constitutes it’s technically dead or it’s alive.”

4.) Surgery Center Director: “The other thing that plays a tremendous part in this all, is um, the dilation that you’ve obtained. And also, whether, how, for lack of a better word, how cooperative the patient is during the procedure.”

5.) Former Stem Express employee: “It had a face—it wasn’t completely torn up… And since the fetus was still so intact, she said, ‘Ok well this is a really good fetus, and it looks like we can procure a lot from it. Continue Reading

Six Worst Quotes from the New Planned Parenthood Video

The Center for Medical Progress just released the fifth in its series of sting videos on Planned Parenthood, and the contents are the most shocking yet.  Below, I’ve compiled six of the most gruesome quotes from a video that shows the abortion giant marketing organs and, more chillingly, intact corpses:

6. “And we’ve had studies in which the company, or in the case of the investigator has a specific need for a certain portion of the products of conception.

“And we bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this, so we deviate from our standard in order to do that.  Telling you this, so then we can get creative about when and where, and under what conditions we, um, interject something that is specific to the procurement needs.”

“Interject something that is specific to procurement needs” is fancy talk for “change the operation so it’s easier to get fetal organs.” What happened to the concern for women that Planned Parenthood was emphasizing just yesterday, as its funding was on the Senate chopping block?  Prioritizing collection over the integrity of the operation isn’t just unethical, it’s probably illegal, as quote #5 emphasizes.

5. (Two doctors talking about national Planned Parenthood policy)

Doctor 1: “Remember when I first got here?  It was, ‘you have to have this form, it has to be like this.'”

Doctor 2: “And you had to have this particular consent form, it was very specific.  Yeah, no.  That’s what Kristen was saying.  They are encouraging more participation (in fetal tissue procurement), but they don’t want to get too into the mix of it.”

Doctor 1: “Any idea why the other affiliates in Texas think it’s illegal?”

Doctor 2: “Really?”

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Trump Stays Silent on Planned Parenthood

Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

It’s been three days since the Planned Parenthood video dropped. Every single GOP presidential candidate has responded — by condemning Planned Parenthood, by calling for Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, or even by calling for a 20 week ban on abortion.

Every single one — except for Donald Trump. Why?

Donald Trump has quickly become a conservative hero with his brash speaking style and his willingness to address almost any issue aggressively. He’s been a hard-liner on immigration and foreign policy, but he seems unwilling to tackle the life issue.

Why is that?

Don’t forget — Trump has very little credibility on this issue.

In 1999, Trump told Tim Russert during an episode of “Meet the Press” that he did not support banning partial-birth abortion and that he was “very pro-choice.”

Here’s the video with the transcript:

RUSSERT: Partial-birth abortion. The eliminating of abortion in the third trimester. Big issue in Washington. Would President Trump ban partial-birth abortion.

TRUMP: Well look, I’m, I’m, very pro-choice. I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. I cringe when I listen to people debating the subject. But you still, I just believe in choice. And again, it may be a little bit of a New York background because there is some different attitude in different parts of the country, and you know I was raised in New York and grew up and work and everything else in New York City.

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