by Steven Ertelt
February 12, 2006
Rick Santorum Wows Crowd With Hillary Clinton Abortion Story
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Rick Santorum recently wowed a group of conservative political activists at a conference with a story about pro-abortion New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, a possible 2008 presidential candidate. Santorum described an exchange he had with Clinton on the Senate floor during the debate on the partial-birth abortion ban. Santorum was explaining to members of the Senate about some medical diagrams he had showing the partial-birth abortion procedure and how an unborn child is killed in the process. Clinton objected. She said the pictures were inaccurate and wanted to know where the photos were of babies with severe disabilities — claiming the abortion procedure was used mostly in such circumstances. Santorum told Clinton he would be happy to use such pictures but that it didn’t make a difference to him because he said there’s no difference whether a healthy or disabled baby is killed. He said pro-life advocates “do not see the difference between a child with a disability and a perfectly formed child.” Clinton said she respected the right of women with a disabled baby to have an abortion but added “I want the record to be clear that I value every single person.” Santorum replied, “I will let the record speak for itself.”
Former NARAL President: Democrats Need to Fight for Abortion Better
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Former NARAL president Kate Michelman, reflecting on the recent confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, says Democrats are not fighting hard enough to protect abortion. She said it’s not enough to just elect candidates who say they support legal abortion — she wants to see more activists elected who won’t compromise. She said she was disappointed by some pro-abortion lawmakers who voted against the filibuster other abortion advocates waged against Alito. "It’s just profound disappointment that we’ve arrived at this moment that the right wing has been dreaming of and planning for and working toward for 25 years," she said. Michelman delivered her comments in a speech for pro-abortion Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown who is campaigning to defeat Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee, one of the few pro-abortion members of the GOP in the Senate. Chafee drew her ire for supporting efforts to stop debate and allow a vote on Alito.
New York Democrats Fight About Abortion in Governor’s Race
Albany, NY (LifeNews.com) — Two New York Democrats seeking the nomination for governor there are fighting over the issue of abortion. Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi stepped out front on the issue last week when he proposed $1 million in county grants to support pregnancy prevention programs in New York City. His effort was an attempt to find compromise between pro-life groups and abortion advocates. Sensing an opportunity to connect with pro-abortion primary voters, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the leading Democratic candidate, bashed Suozzi. He said while some might question his Suozzi, he wanted to make it crystal clear that if the Supreme Court ever overturned Roe he would make sure abortion stayed legal in New York. "I want to make it clear from the start that if the new Supreme Court turns its back on women’s privacy and limits or overturns Roe vs. Wade, I will do everything in my power to preserve that right here in New York," he said. Spitzer, who has come under fire for attacking pregnancy centers that help women with crisis pregnancies, even defended his stance in favor of partial-birth and late-term abortions.
Georgia Democrats Want to Fund Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — Democrats in the Georgia state Senate are pushing a plan to create a commission to fund embryonic stem cell research with taxpayer funds. Sen. David Adelman is sponsoring the measure and claimed cures for disease are "within reach" even though the destructive research has yet to cure a single patient and suffered from a major setback when South Korean scientists were found to have fabricated their research. The bill would create a commission on biomedical research that would establish a stem cell bank at a major research university in the state. The bank would accept human embryos for donation for research as well as adult stem cells, which are more ethical and have proven more effective. Observers don’t expect the measure to gain much support in the Republican-dominated Senate and it would be vigorously opposed by pro-life groups.
Kansas Trial on Abortion Centers and Statutory Rape Reporting Continues
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston testified in a Federal court on Wednesday and indicated that a state law requiring mandatory reporting of suspicion of statutory rape is broad and includes abortion businesses. She backed an opinion from Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline that health care workers have a duty to report such actions — including staff at abortion centers. Under Kline’s opinion, physicians who fail to comply could face misdemeanor charges carrying up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,000. Physicians also could face disciplinary action from the state. Abortion advocates have sued to overturn the opinion. Foulston on Wednesday testified that she agrees with Kline that a pregnancy would be "proof positive" that "unlawful conduct" had occurred. But U.S. District Judge Thomas Marten "repeatedly interrupted" the closing arguments of Assistant Attorney General Steve Alexander and said the state did not present "clear, credible evidence" that sexual activity between underage minors is always "injurious."
Kentucky Lawmaker Introduces Abortion Ban, Would Likely be Shot Down
Frankfort, KY (LifeNews.com) — State Representative Addia Wuchner has introduced legislation that would ban abortions in Kentucky. Pro-life groups support the goal of the legislation but are worried it will be shot down and create more legal precedent for abortion. Representatives of two pro-life groups say the legislation is premature because the Supreme Court has, at most, just four votes to overturn Roe v. Wade. If the bill is found unconstitutional, taxpayers could be stuck with a large bill to pay pro-abortion attorneys. "I’ve heard people say, ‘You might as well write out a $400,000 check and hand it to them now,’" said Kentucky Right to Life executive director Margie Montgomery. "It sets the (anti-abortion) movement back when you get defeats like that." Kentucky is one of several states considering such bills, even though at least one more vote is needed on the high court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Daniel McConchie, vice president of Americans United for Life, says it’s a long shot that the court would uphold the law. "Trying to ban abortion is like putting all of your chips on number 27 and rolling the roulette wheel," he said. With the current court, "it’s virtually impossible" to win.