Pro-Life News: Boehner, Abortion, Bart Stupak, Virginia, Ella, Hyde Amendment

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 24, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life News: Boehner, Abortion, Bart Stupak, Virginia, Ella, Hyde Amendment

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 24
, 2010

Republican Leader Defends Including Tax-Funded Abortion Ban in New Pledge

Washington, DC ( — The conservative publication National Review interviewed House Republican Leader John Boehner about the new Pledge to America document and he defended the inclusion of a ban on taxpayer funding of abortions in it.

"Why is the Hyde expansion you have in the agenda important? Isn’t it going to drive some members and interest groups mad?" NR asked Boehner.

"The American people are overwhelmingly opposed to having their tax dollars used to pay for abortions. Frankly, I don’t think this is even controversial. It’s the will of the people," he responded.

"Back in June I had the honor of addressing the National Right to Life convention in Pittsburgh, and I made clear that codifying the Hyde amendment was going to be a priority for us. And it will be. The Pledge to America reflects our commitment to life," he added.

NR asked Boehner: "Do you feel confident being held accountable — should you become Speaker Boehner — for this agenda?"

"I don’t make any assumptions about what the future holds. But I’m very pleased with the work of our conference on the Pledge to America, and I can tell you with absolute confidence that we are committed to getting these things done. If Speaker Pelosi and Harry Reid and President Obama would allow it, we could get them done right now," he said.

New Video Clip Has Doctor Explaining How Ella Drug Causes Abortions

Washington, DC ( — The Family Research Council is recommending a just-released video clip of Dr. Donna Harrison, OB-GYN and president of AAPLOG (American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists).

In the video, Dr. Harrison is explaining the medical perspective on how newly-approved ella drug can cause an abortion.

Ella, misleadingly labeled as an Emergency Contraceptive, was quietly approved by the Food and Drug Administration on August 13th. Watson Pharmaceuticals, the drug company manufacturing ella, will distribute the drug as early as October.

In this two minute clip, Dr. Harrison explains from a medical perspective how ella can cause an abortion in a pregnant woman.

See the video at:


Race to Replace Bart Stupak Tied, Potential for Pro-Life Republican to Win

Lansing, MI ( — The race to replace retiring Rep. Bart Stupak is essentially tied, according to a poll taken earlier this week for Democratic state Rep. Gary McDowell’s campaign.

The result could have a pro-life Republican replacing Stupak, the longtime pro-life Democratic champion who upset pro-life advocates when he and his coalition of pro-life Democrats decided to vote for the pro-abortion health care bill.

The poll showed surgeon Dan Benishek (R) ahead of McDowell 41 percent to 38 percent. Third party candidate Glenn Wilson got 12 percent, and nine percent were undecided.

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner surveyed 505 likely voters Sept. 21-22, controlling for the district’s large geographical spread over 31 counties. The poll had a margin of error of 4.4 points.

The district has been a battleground for both parties since Benishek narrowly defeated state Sen. Jason Allen in the July 27 Republican primary. A number of outside groups have been involved in the race. Both House campaign committees, the American Future Fund and Americans for Prosperity have all run ads in the district already.

Benishek released an internal poll earlier in the month that showed him leading McDowell. In a four-way race including Wilson and Lonnie Lee Snyder, who has since been removed from the ballot, Benishek led McDowell, 39 percent to 25 percent. In a two-way test, though, he led 54 percent to 31 percent.

Virginia NARAL Asks Governor Bob McDonnell Not to Monitor Abortion Centers

Richmond, VA ( — Virginia NARAL is unhappy about a opinion last month by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that concludes Gov. Bob McDonnell can hold abortion centers accountable for meeting basic health and safety standards.

Not wanting to be held accountable for protecting women’s health, Virginia NARAL is calling on McDonnell
In a letter to McDonnell dated Tuesday, the group’s executive director, Tarina Keene, writes that NARAL is prepared to take legal action if necessary to stop him from protecting women.

"We ask you to consider the long-term ramifications of this sort of targeted regulation,” she writes. "Forcing physician’s offices to comply with hospital licensure and regulation could lead to closure of these offices."

On Aug. 20, Cuccinelli concluded that the Board of Health could require that clinics that perform abortions meet hospital-type standards, a move abortion advocates say could force some facilities to close. Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William), who requested the opinion, wrote McDonnell to ask him to implement the regulations, but the governor did not immediately respond.

Last month, McDonnell officials said they were reviewing the opinion. McDonnell spokeswoman Stacey Johnson said they were still doing so and declined to comment further to the Washington Post.


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