There's no escaping the headlines. The Center for Medical Progress has now released six chilling videos detailing Planned Parenthood's practice of harvesting tissue and organs from aborted fetuses for scientific research.
The videos show executives blithely discussing how they haggle over the price of organ harvesting; the "going rate" is typically $30 to $100 per specimen.
In the never-ending abortion argument, there's no limit to the number of factions — pro-choice, pro-life, political parties, presidential candidates, bioethicists, legal and religious scholars — clamoring for media attention to trumpet their particular point of view. more >>
Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said Sunday that even rape and incest should not be exceptions to abortion bans, and criticized Planned Parenthood as having "racist" roots.
"I believe that once conception has been achieved, that it is a human life," Carson said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, after he was asked whether he believes abortion bans should exclude rape and incest.
"What I have said is that, you know, I have spent my life trying to save life, not trying to destroy it," he added. more >>
GOP presidential candidate and ordained Baptist minister Mike Huckabee has defended the government of Paraguay's decision not to perform a late-term abortion on an 11-year-old girl who was repeatedly raped by her stepfather. Huckabee described the case as a "terrible tragedy," but argued that an abortion would not solve the problem.
"Let nobody be misled, a 10-year-old girl being raped is horrible. But does it solve the problem by taking the life of an innocent child — that's really the issue," Huckabee said in an interview with CNN on Sunday.
The case in question concerns an 11-year-old girl who was allegedly repeatedly raped by her stepfather when she was 10 (she turned 11 in May). The traditionally Roman Catholic South American country ruled that she would not be granted the late-term abortion her mother was seeking, with Health Minister Antonio Barrios declaring in May that "the pregnancy will not be interrupted." more >>
Once a leading proponent of shutting down the federal government over Planned Parenthood funding, Donald Trump now says he has to "think about it."
Republican presidential frontrunner Trump offered the remarks in a pre-recorded interview from his plane in Iowa with Chuck Todd of NBC. His interview aired Sunday on Meet the Press.
Todd asked Trump if he was willing to shut down the federal government over Planned Parenthood's public funding, Trump replied, "I'd have to think about it. It bothers me greatly that they're doing the abortions." more >>
The big three media networks, ABC, NBC and CBS, have spent a minuscule amount of time in their broadcasts reporting on the six undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood staff discussing ways in which they can profit off the harvesting and sell of aborted babies' body parts.
According to the Media Research Center, the three networks combind only spent 1 minute and 13 seconds of airtime playing the audio from Center for Medical Progress' three-year investigation into the practices of the nation's largest abortion provider.
This means that since the release of the first video in July, "ABC, NBC and CBS had 243 hours and 30 minutes [of airtime to fill for their] morning and evening news shows," but allocated only 0.16 percent of that time airing audio and video from the undercover investigative footage, according to the Media Research Center. more >>
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has asked the state's Department of Human Services to end its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood, whose officials were shown discussing delivery of babies' body parts in secretly taped videos. StemExpress, a tissue company, is also cutting its ties with the abortion provider.
"It is apparent that after the recent revelations on the actions of Planned Parenthood, that this organization does not represent the values of the people of our state and Arkansas is better served by terminating any and all existing contracts with them," Hutchinson said in a statement Friday.
The Republican governor added that this includes "their affiliated organization, Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma." more >>