Planned Parenthood Launches Ad Blitz Against Four GOP Senators

Following last month’s bipartisan effort to defund Planned Parenthood in the U.S. Senate, Planned Parenthood is now launching attacks against four GOP Senators — Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), and Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania).

You can see one of the ads below:

First, Pat Toomey voted to defund Planned Parenthood, risking health care for millions of women. Now, Republicans want to shut down the government to block funding for Planned Parenthood. What would a shutdown mean for Pennsylvania? Will anyone be there to process my veterans benefits? What will that do to Social Security and Medicare? Will I be able to get my daughter into Head Start? What about small business loans? Tell Senator Toomey stand up for Planned Parenthood health care, not a government shutdown.

Of course, the ad is completely false. Even if a temporary government shutdown did occur, everything mentioned in the ad — veterans benefits, Social Security and Medicare, Head Start, and small business loans — would all be untouched. This is just typical grandstanding by the left.

It will be interesting to see how these GOP Senators respond and if outside groups come to their defense. Will the GOP fight on this? Will they launch an ad blitz of their own, exposing Planned Parenthood’s criminal effort to sell baby parts for profit? Or will they go back to the tried and failed truce strategy?

Jon Schweppe is Deputy Director of Communications for American Principles in Action. Continue Reading

Driving the Conservative Conversation on Immigration

From left: APIA’s Terry Schilling, Live Action’s Lila Rose, TheTeaParty.net’s Niger Innis, and Cato Institute’s Alex Nowrasteh (photo credit: Jon Schweppe)

Immigration policy took center stage this morning at American Principles in Action’s Conservative Immigration Forum, where various conservative leaders gathered to lend their opinions to a growing conversation.  However, in contrast to voices that have in recent days called for a restrictive approach, speakers at APIA’s event focused on the many ways immigration positively impacts the United States and how our nation’s immigration laws can be constructively reformed in order to both solve current problems and ensure that this country continues to be a welcoming place for those seeking freedom and opportunity.

One proposal on how to do this was presented by Alfonso Aguilar, a regular contributor to The Pulse and the executive director of APIA’s Latino Partnership.  Aguilar’s five step plan included measures which would both help bolster enforcement of immigration law (by securing the border, improving workplace enforcement, and implementing an entry/exit registry) as well as provide opportunities for immigrant workers who fill an important role in the American economy (by creating a market-based guest worker program and providing a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants).  His remarks drove home the point that the false dichotomy of amnesty versus self-deportation must be transcended:

[T]his is a false choice.  There is a third way, a conservative way to approach immigration that is based on the rule of law, but also on the realization that immigration is good for the country and for our economy; and that the market is better equipped than the government to regulate migration flows into the country.

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