In the two days that have passed since the attack on a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, the spinmeisters of the GOP and the anti-abortion movement have been coming out of the woodwork to explain why their rhetoric isn’t to blame for Robert Lewis Dear’s alleged actions. Some have even gone so far as to claim what happened was an attempted bank robbery. And of course, some are blaming the usual convenient target — liberals.
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GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina appeared on Fox News Sunday on November 29, where she said that blaming what happened in Colorado Springs on abortion opponents is a “typical left-wing tactic.”
Before we wade into Fiorina’s statements, let’s make this much clear: Carly Fiorina cannot be trusted to tell the truth, at least when it comes to abortion and Planned Parenthood.
In the second Republican debate, she referenced a scene of a fetus being prepared for removal of its organs that she claimed came from the infamous Planned Parenthood videos. But that scene is from another anti-abortion video, there is no conversation taking place during the video, there is no indication that the fetus is being prepared for organ removal, and the maker of the video does not say it was shot at a Planned Parenthood.
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To start the conversation, host Chris Wallace refers to Fiorina as “one of the toughest critics…of Planned Parenthood’s alleged harvesting of fetal body parts.”
Fiorina responds that “it is not alleged,” and goes on to say that Planned Parenthood has indicated that “they would no longer take compensation for body parts, which sounds like an admission they were doing so.” For what seems like the millionth time: Yes, Planned Parenthood was providing fetal tissue for medical research. And the compensation they received for that tissue was limited to covering the expenses they incurred. Fiorina doesn’t understand that because she chooses not to. She also claimed the left is “demonizing the messenger.”
Then Fiorina releases this whopper:
The vast majority of Americans agree, what Planned Parenthood is doing is wrong. And that’s why the vast majority of Americans are prepared not only to defund Planned Parenthood, but also to stop abortion for any reason at all after five months.
Those numbers apparently come from the department of made-up statistics, or wherever it is that Republicans get their “facts.” Because according to Gallup, in October 59 percent of Americans surveyed had a favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood. And in late September, 65 percent surveyed in a USA Today/Suffolk University poll said that the government should continue Planned Parenthood funding. She is correct that a majority of Americans support banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but doesn’t take the time to mention that less than two percent of abortions occur during that period, making it almost a non-issue.
What conclusion does Fiorina draw from her non-factual “facts?”
So what I would say to anyone who tries to link this terrible tragedy to anyone who opposes abortion or opposes the sale of body parts is, this is typical left-wing tactics.
Yes, Carly, because in the alternate universe you inhabit, someone shooting up a Planned Parenthood clinic, then while being taken into custody allegedly mutters something about “no more baby parts,” has to be a left-wing plant who committed this act to make you and the other anti-abortion nuts look bad.
Here’s Carly Fiorina’s nonsense:
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