In a series of tweets Thursday, Alabama's Republican Governor Robert Bentley made his state the third one to cut state funds from Planned Parenthood this week, as the fallout continues from the recent release of five controversial videos describing the harvesting and marketing of aborted babies' organs for financial reward.
"The deplorable practices at Planned Parenthood have been exposed to Americans. I've terminated any association with the organization in AL," noted Bentley, a medical doctor, on his Twitter account.
"As a doctor and Alabama's governor, the issue of human life, from conception to birth and beyond, is extremely important to me. I respect human life, and I do not want Alabama to be associated with an organization that does not," he added. more >>
As the question "Would you attend a same-sex wedding?" has been thrown at many Republican presidential candidates following June's Supreme Court ruling, Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared during Thursday night's Fox News Republican presidential debate that he has, in fact, attended a gay wedding.
When asked by Fox host Megyn Kelly how he would explain his opposition to gay marriage to a hypothetical gay son or lesbian daughter, the former chairman of the House Budget Committee explained that while he believes in traditional marriage, his faith tells him to be loving and accepting to all.
He added that since the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that state bans against same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, the ruling must be honored, which is a position that he has taken since before the Supreme Court released its decision. more >>
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., argued in Thursday night's Fox News Republican presidential debate that an unborn child's right to life is inherent under the United States Constitution and the passage of a constitutional amendment is not required to ban abortions.
Huckabee's first response at the the primetime debate, which featured the top-10 polling GOP candidates, was prefaced by moderator Chris Wallace asking him how he would persuade Independents and Democrats to vote for him when he advocates strongly for constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage and abortion.
"Chris, I disagree with the idea that the real issue is a constitutional amendment. That's a long and difficult process. I've actually taken the position that's bolder than that," the 59-year-old Southern Baptist minister responded. "A lot of people are talking about defunding Planned Parenthood, as if that's a huge game changer. I think it's time to do something even more bold. I think the next president ought to invoke the Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution, now that we clearly know that that baby inside the mother's womb is a person at the moment of conception." more >>
Seven candidates in the first of the evening GOP debate took several memorable jabs at Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in Cleveland.
The inaugural debate, hosted by Fox News Thursday, consisted of seven candidates who did not make the top ten based on polling selected by the news network. The GOP currently has 17 major candidates in the race for the party's nomination.
Right out of the gate, with the second question of the night addressing Donald Trump, former Texas governor Rick Perry ripped the GOP front-runner for his past positions on health care. more >>
During the 2016 election cycle's first presidential debate Thursday evening, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal implied that Planned Parenthood is likely to be federally investigated and lose its over $500 million in annual federal funds should former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton not be elected the next president.
Jindal, who participated in Fox News' Republican presidential debate for second-tier candidates based on polling numbers, assured that if he was elected president, he would not only defund America's largest abortion provider but would also investigate allegations that Planned Parenthood has been criminally negotiating for-profit sale of fetal body parts.
"Planned Parenthood had better hope that Hillary Clinton wins this election because I guarantee that under President Jindal, January of 2017, the Department of Justice, and the IRS, and everybody else will be consenting, and the federal government will be going into Planned Parenthood," Jindal asserted. "This is absolutely disgusting and revolts of conscience of the nation. Absolutely, we need to defund Planned Parenthood." more >>