by Steven Ertelt
November 3, 2006
Minneapolis, MN (LifeNews.com) — Former Vice President Al Gore raised $300,000 for a Minnesota Planned Parenthood abortion business at a dinner he addressed on Thursday night. The 2000 presidential candidate talked about a number of political issues but accused pro-life advocates of ignoring science on a number of topics.
Gore primary has worked with environmental issues since losing his bid for the presidency but he said pro-life advocates also refuse to acknowledge certain scientific truths.
He accused pro-life advocates of trying to "create their own reality" instead of "trying to conform policies and decisions to the best evidence," according to an AP report.
"The danger in ignoring the truth promoted by Planned Parenthood and the scientists that inform your work, the danger in ignoring the truth and the science that should and must inform the decisions made in this great republic, the dangers in believing that we can set aside inconvenient truths and choose our own facts, are ones that the American people should not be asked to bear," he said.
In response to Gore’s claims, Bill Poehler, spokesman for Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, said pro-life advocates have science on their side.
"There’s no tension between science and the pro-life position," Poehler said. "It’s a scientific fact that a unique human being begins life at conception, and so based on that scientific fact we believe life needs to be protected."
Last month, Gore said he may consider a second bid for the White House in 2008. He told press in Australia that a presidential candidacy is unlikely but that he hasn’t ruled it out completely.
"I haven’t completely ruled out running for president again in the future but I don’t expect to," Gore said, according to an AP report.
"I offer the explanation not as an effort to be coy or clever. It’s just the internal shifting of gears after being in politics almost 30 years. I hate to grind the gears," he added.
Gore compiled a strong pro-abortion record while in the Clinton administration and before that when he was a Tennessee senator. He had a pro-life voting record at one point but shifted his voting to favor abortion as his national ambitions became clearer.
That pro-abortion position may very well have cost him the 2000 elections.
A study published by the Gallup Poll Special Report entitled "Public Opinion About Abortion — An In-Depth Review" said "the abortion issue has been an advantage for Republican candidates" for all six presidential elections from 1984 to 2000 because of the nominee’s pro-life position.
In the 2000 presidential election, Gallup polls showed that 14 percent of voters (the highest percentage ever) said abortion was one of the most important issues on which they based their vote for president.
Of those voters, 58 percent supported Bush while only 41% supported Gore.
The net result was a 2.4 percent gain for Bush on the issue of abortion. Had Bush not taken a pro-life view, he would have lost the popular vote by a larger margin, and perhaps the electoral vote as well.
The donations at the Gore dinner benefited Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. The group operates 23 facilities in those states including some abortion centers in Minnesota and one in South Dakota.
It is the abortion business that is the primary organization behind the challenge of the South Dakota abortion ban at the polls and the group that will take it to court if voters approve it.
Sarah Stoesz, chief executive of the regional Planned Parenthood chapter, told AP that 1,500 people attended the dinner.