Hillary Calls for Repeal of Hyde Amendment

At a campaign rally hosted by Planned Parenthood over the weekend, Hillary Clinton said she would “always defend” and support funding for the organization, which is America’s largest abortion business. She also called for an end to the Hyde Amendment, longstanding federal policy protecting taxpayer consciences by prohibiting taxpayer dollars from paying for abortion on demand. That’s right. She doesn’t merely want to keep funding Planned Parenthood, Hillary Clinton has now argued that taxpayers have an obligation to pay for abortion at any time, for any reason. This is the most dramatic pro-abortion position espoused by a leading political figure

Now Donald Trump Wants to Fund Planned Parenthood

Another day? Another position on abortion for Donald Trump. A week ago, Trump called for a government shutdown in order to defund Planned Parenthood. But just yesterday, Trump told CNN that the government should fund the “good aspects” of Planned Parenthood because we “have to take care of women.” Planned Parenthood immediately praised Trump’s comments — and of course it did, they sound exactly like Planned Parenthood talking points — and used them to criticize the rest of the GOP presidential candidates. Ugh. So here’s the problem: Donald Trump is buying into Planned Parenthood’s narrative about abortion funding. Trump’s comments effectively endorse the status quo. Planned Parenthood

Radical Pro-Abortion Politics, Not Race, Holds Up Loretta Lynch’s Confirmation

I had a very spirited MSNBC discussion about the fight over the holdup to Loretta Lynch’s confirmation as Attorney General on Melissa Perry-Harris’s  talk-show “Nerdland.”  Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)  set the stage by declaring on the floor of the Senate that “[Lynch]… is asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar…” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called that “offensive” and called on Durbin to apologize to Lynch, the Senate and to all Americans. When Melissa turned to me, I told her it was “the worst kind of race-baiting,”—when Durbin voted against Condoleeza Rice was he being

Dems Revert to Failed ‘War on Women’ Rhetoric

The War on Women rhetoric scared a lot of Republicans into silencing themselves on abortion for the last few years, but the meme tanked with voters in 2014.  Now, according to WaPo, the Democrats are bringing it back, thanks in part to Hillary Clinton’s tweets opposing GOP efforts to put Hyde Amendment language barring taxpayer-funded abortions into a bill to expand support for victims of sex trafficking: Congressional trifecta against women today: 1) Blocking great nominee, 1st African American woman AG, for longer than any AG in 30 years… — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 16, 2015 …2) Playing politics with trafficking

Will Presidential Candidates Back McConnell on Human Trafficking?

In a gratifying show of principle this week, Mitch McConnell has announced that the Senate will not vote on the Democratic nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, until Democrats stop filibustering a human trafficking bill over taxpayer funding for abortions: “We’re going to stay on the bill,” McConnell told reporters. “I’ve said all along I thought that the president’s nominee to be attorney general is entitled to be considered on the Senate floor. And she will be considered as soon as we finish this very important bill.” As I’ve written before, this Hyde Amendment language is popular, and the human

Dems Want to Kill Human Trafficking Bill Over Abortion

A widely popular human trafficking bill is on the ropes as Senate Democrats, who were joining with Republicans to push the legislation, changed their minds literally overnight after “noticing” that it contained standard language to prevent any of the funds from going to abortion. From the Boston Herald: The provision, enacted annually for decades on other legislation, would prohibit the use of taxpayer money for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the woman was jeopardized. Democrats privately conceded they should have noticed the provision but complained Republicans failed to highlight it in a list