by Steven Ertelt
June 2, 2007
John McCain, Hillary Clinton Hold Leads in South Carolina Prez Primary
Columbia, SC (Lifenews.com) — John McCain remains the most popular United States presidential contender for Republican Party supporters in South Carolina, according to a poll by American Research Group. It found that 36 percent of respondents in the Palmetto State would vote for the Arizona senator in the 2008 primary. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is second with 23 percent followed by actor and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson with 13 percent. Thompson said this past week that he is forming an exploratory committee for president and could make a formal announcement next month. This poll was conducted before that news. The survey showed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney with 10 percent and low single digit support for other candidates. The poll found the numbers for McCain and Giuliani have dropped slightly as Thompson’s and Romney’s numbers have gone up. On the Democratic side of the coin, New York senator Hillary Clinton is first with 34 percent followed by former North Carolina senator John Edwards with 30 percent and Illinois senator Barack Obama with 18 percent. Support is lower for other canddiates. The Democratic presidential primary in South Carolina is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 29, 2008, after the Iowa and Nevada caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. The Republican contest in the Palmetto State will take place on Feb. 2, after Iowa and New Hampshire. Edwards wont he 2004 primary on the Democratic side with 45 percent of the vote.
Indiana Planned Parenthood Opens New Indianapolis Abortion Center
Indianapolis, IN (LifeNews.com) — Planned Parenthood of Indiana opened a new abortion center on the North side of the state’s capital city on Friday five blocks north of its former longtime site on Meridian Street. The move is part of a $7 million spending program that will upgrade Planned Parenthood’s statewide network of clinics and offices. Four of its five Indianapolis abortion businesses have been or will be renovated or relocated as part of the capital campaign, the largest in the history of the state affiliate. About $5 million has been raised so far, and the remaining $2 million must be raised by the end of the year in order for Planned Parenthood of Indiana to receive a $750,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation. The upgrade affects 19 of the 36 Planned Parenthood centers in Indiana and will be complete in the next two years. The new leased location at 3750 N. Meridian St. includes freshly furnished offices, exam rooms and other space covering 3,000 square feet. ACTION: Send complaints about the Kresge Foundation grant to The Kresge Foundation, 3215 West Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084, (p) 248.643.9630, (f), 248.643.0588, (e) [email protected].
Ohio Lawmakers Propose Bill to Promote Morning After Pill, Sex Ed
Columbus, OH (LifeNews.com) — Lawmakers in Ohio are promoting a bill similar to one in Congress that would promote the morning after pill and comprehensive sex education at the expense of teaching abstinence. The measure could also wind up sending thousands, if not millions of state tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business. Rep. Jon Peterson is behind the Ohio Prevention First Act which he claims would reduce the number of abortions, even though promoting the Plan B drug in other places hasn’t done that. The bill would require comprehensive sex-education classes, spend $1.7 million in state funds for family planning services, and mandate that insurance companies provide coverage for birth control. It would also require hospitals to give women who are victims of rape the morning after pill, which can cause an abortion in some circumstances. Rep. Tom Brinkman, a pro-life legislator, says the measure has no chance of passing. "Massive distribution of contraception will result in more abortions, not less," he said. "If you don’t have the pro-life people in a pro-life (majority Republican) caucus, you’re not going to get anywhere." Gov. Ted Strickland said that he has not seen the legislation but he’s pro-abortion and would likely support it if it got to his desk. The legislation is being backed by NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and Planned Parenthood. Ohio Right to Life is not taking a position, although the organization disputes assertions that increased use of contraception leads to fewer abortions.
Brazil Will Spend Taxpayer Funds on Paying for Birth Control Pills
Sao Paulo, Brazil (LifeNews.com) — Only weeks after Pope Benedict XVI gave speeches in Brazil asking for the South American nation to protect unborn children from abortion, the Brazil government has announced a plan to pay for birth control pills for poor residents. The new program aims to provide cheap birth control drugs at 10,000 drug stores across the country. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the plan will give poor Brazilians "the same right that the wealthy have to plan the number of children they want." Birth control pills are already available at no cost in government-run clinics, but many Brazilians don’t go to those. So Silva’s administration is covering the cost of cheap birth control pills at private drug stores. The number of outlets selling the pills will start at 3,500 and is expected to rise to 10,000 by the end of this year. When the $51 million program is fully under way, the government expects to be handing out 50 million packages of birth control pills each year. Polls show Brazilians overwhelmingly oppose changing abortion laws and Brazilian Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta suggested the government could do more to improve health by spending the same amount of money on normal health care. Abortion advocates claim the move will reduce the number of illegal abortions in Brazil, which legally protects unborn children.