Meghan McCain clapped back at Planned Parenthood in defense of her pro-life stance following criticism from the billion-dollar abortion business.
McCain has become an outspoken pro-lifer in recent months as she regularly shares her views as a co-host on ABC's daytime talk show “The View.”
Planned Parenthood's criticism of McCain followed a post on Twitter of her fellow co-host Sara Haines speaking on "The View" about the vaccine passports which would ban U.S. citizens from traveling unless they've had a vaccine for COVID-19.
"I cannot argue privacy on a public health issue like this when I don't understand how the most private thing in my body – my uterus – seems to be open for business when it is convenient politically," Haines said of her support for vaccine passports.
While Haines didn't directly address McCain, nor did McCain respond to Haines on the show, a commenter on Twitter attempted to make the issue personal between the women by adding both of their names in a tweet that got the attention of Planned Parenthood.
In a retweet of Haines’ post, the person added: Sara to Meghan McCain.”
Planned Parenthood retweeted the post and included fire emojis.
McCain saw the tweet from the abortion giant and responded by defending her long-held pro-life views.
"I believe life begins at conception – I will NEVER apologize or back down from defending the rights of the most vulnerable in our society, the unborn," said the daughter of the late Arizona senator and former Republican presidential nominee John McCain.
During his last term in the Senate, however, McCain was roundly rebuked by pro-life groups for refusing to defund Planned Parenthood which was part of the 2017 healthcare reform package. It failed by one vote after McCain decided to vote against it.
Following her defense, pro-life advocates rallied behind McCain on social media.
"Thank you for standing up for women & children, Meghan!" Live Action tweeted.
Susan B. Anthony List stated, "Life begins at conception and ends at Planned Parenthood."
McCain took her post further and added another tweet, which said, "Always. Abortion is murder."
Live Action also noted that pro-life pregnancy centers have been a major contribution to society.
"In a single year, PRO-LIFE Pregnancy Resource Centers: Served 1.85M people, Provided $267M in FREE services, Gave parenting courses to 313,328, Provided 1,290,079 packs of diapers, Supplied 2,033,513 baby outfits. Not one is run by a 'pro-choice' advocate," Live Action maintained.
McCain has been known for her pro-life advocacy. In 2019 she was honored with the "Defender of Life" award by the Americans United for Life, an organization that opposes abortion.
The group’s president and CEO, Catherine Glenn Foster, revealed that they awarded McCain because they admired her "courage in the cause of life," as she called for Planned Parenthood to be defunded by supporting the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
On Jan. 28, President Joe Biden revoked the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits U.S. tax dollars from being used by nongovernmental organizations and other entities that provide abortions, referrals for abortion or expand abortion services. Under the Trump administration, the policy was reinstituted and subsequently expanded.
The Mexico City Policy, which critics call the "global gag rule," was first implemented by President Ronald Reagan. Ever since, Republican administrations have supported it and Democratic administrations have revoked it soon after entering office. Abortion rights activists have petitioned the Biden administration to rescind Trump's pro-life policies.
Biden’s move marked an end to a four-year period under the Trump administration that saw “the greatest expansion of the policy in its history,” according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The policy was first implemented by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Ever since, Republican administrations have supported it and Democratic administrations have revoked it soon after entering office. Abortion rights activists have petitioned the Biden administration to rescind Trump's pro-life policies.
Jean Mancini, president of the March for Life Defense and Education Fund, criticized Biden's actions rescinding his predecessor's pro-life policies. She said the move goes against the "wishes" of the majority of the American people because 77% of the population in the U.S. oppose the federal funding of abortion overseas.