Planned Parenthood Plans to Spend $1 Million to Save Pro-Abortion Barbara Boxer

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 29, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood Plans to Spend $1 Million to Save Pro-Abortion Barbara Boxer

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 29
, 2010

Sacramento, CA ( — Carly Fiorina, the pro-life Senate candidate in California, is presenting pro-abortion Sen. Barbara such a tough challenge that Planned Parenthood says it plans to raise and spend $1 million attempting to save the seat of its closest ally in the Senate.

"I believe in the sanctity of life. I believe life begins at conception," Fiorina has said in a television interview.

She added, "In my particular case, my mother-in-law was told to abort her child, who became my husband. She chose something different, obviously, and that made all the difference in her life and mine and certainly his."

Those pro-life views run counter to the way in which Boxer has defended everything from taxpayer funding of abortions to partial-birth abortions in the Senate, refusing to vote for or allow even the most modest abortion limits most Americans support.

Kathy Kneer, president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, told the Associated Press today that her group believes Boxer will come out on top in November because polls show a majority of California residents back legalized abortions.

But the victory she assuredly believes Boxer will win won’t come without a hefty pricetag: one million dollars.

AP quotes Emily Buchanan, executive director of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women’s group that has already invested $200,000 for Fiorina and says it plans to sink an equal amount into the general election battle.

She said Boxer is the more extreme candidate because she supported taxpayer funding of abortions in health care.

"Taxpayer funding of abortion is what was discussed in the health care bill … and that message is what resonates," Buchanan said. "Nobody wants to be paying for abortion, no taxpayers."

A poll last week from SurveyUSA was the first to show Fiorina leading Boxer.

Boxer is trailing the Republican challenger by two points, 47-45 percent, in the survey of likely voters released late last Monday. Fiorina has been closing in on Boxer’s lead over the last several polls form different polling firms, so the new SurveyUSA results are not surprising.

In a statement on its poll, the firm says Fiorina benefits from more Democrats supporting her candidacy than Republicans who back Boxer. And independent voters back the pro-life candidate 49-40 percent.

"Twice as many Democrats cross-over to vote Republican as Republicans who cross-over to vote Democrat. The Republican has an ever-so-slight advantage in Greater Los Angeles and in the Central Valley," SurveyUSA said.

Looking at voters based on abortion, 71 percent of pro-life voters are behind Fiorina while 22 percent support Boxer. Of pro-abortion voters, 59 percent favor Boxer and Fiorina is getting the support of 32 percent, showing the crossover appeal she has.


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