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