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

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