Former Hewlett Packard CEO and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina received an ovation during Thursday night's GOP presidential debate after she strongly denounced Planned Parenthood and implied that the Republicans in Congress should risk a government shutdown to force a presidential veto to spending legislation that wouldn't fund the abortion giant.
As the topic of whether or not Republicans in Congress should risk a government shutdown to defund Planned Parenthood was raised at the CNN debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, Ohio Gov. John Kasich argued that it is pointless to attempt defunding Planned Parenthood through the continuing resolution, if President Barack Obama is just going to veto such legislation.
With the GOP in control of both the House and Senate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Fiorina responded to Kasich's veto argument stating that conservatives should not back down from their opposition to Planned Parenthood's $500 million in annual federal funding just because Obama is sure to veto. more >>
Vice President Joe Biden, a Roman Catholic, said that while he accepts the Church's position that life begins at conception, he will not share his position with others who do not have the same beliefs.
"I'm prepared to accept that at the moment of conception there's human life and being, but I'm not prepared to say that to other God-fearing, non-God fearing people that have a different view," Biden told Father Matt Malone, S.J., editor in chief of America magazine, in an interview published on Monday.
Biden admitted that it has been hard to reconcile the Democratic Party's support for abortion rights with Catholic doctrine, but explained that he cannot impose a "precise view" stemming from his own faith on others. more >>
Pro-life leaders are split over the best strategy to defund Planned Parenthood.
While one of the goals for all right-to-life groups is removal of government funding of the popular abortion provider, some support votes only on stand-alone bills that are unlikely to lead to a government shutdown over the Planned Parenthood issue.
The House passed a separate bill Friday that defunds the popular abortion provider. This position, aimed at staving off a government shutdown, is favored by GOP leaders on Capitol Hill and it is the position National Right to Life President Carol Tobias seems to be rallying around. A request for comment by National Right to Life went unanswered. more >>
"My walk is a public one. My business is in the world, and I must mix in the assemblies of men or quit the post which Providence seems to have assigned me." – William Wilberforce
Montana Senator Steve Daines is one of many inspired by British abolitionist, philanthropist and parliamentarian William Wilberforce — a voice for the voiceless in his day, when the injustice of slavery was widespread across the British Empire. more >>
Texas Politifact released a review of some statements I made in a recent Washington Examiner editorial.
In it, I noted that, as the debate over federal funding for Planned Parenthood continues, the experience of Texas has been instructive. After all, public-health data indicate that when Texas defunded Planned Parenthood, both the abortion rate and the unintended-pregnancy rate fell. This is consistent with a broad body of research which shows that funding for contraceptive programs offers little public-health benefit.
Later, a LifeNews.com reprint of my article was circulated via Twitter by the office of Texas governor Greg Abbott, which came to the attention of Texas PolitiFact. Using extremely tortured and bizarre logic, it rated my claims about the decline in unintended pregnancies and abortions "Mostly False." more >>
A representative of the Vatican said that the Roman Catholic Church is not concerned with the controversy over the White House inviting pro-gay and pro-choice individuals to meet Pope Francis when he visits the nation's capital.
Father Thomas Rosica, a Vatican adviser and spokesman, was asked by Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday about the recent guest list controversy.
"The administration has reportedly invited some transgender activists, the first openly gay episcopal bishop to come to the meeting, but so far there's no word that he — that they have invited some of the leaders of the pro-life movement to the welcoming ceremony," noted Wallace. more >>