Bush v Huckabee: Who answered it better?

We have gone from 16 to 8 in our '2016 Sweet 16' bracket! This one is between Governor Jeb Bush against Governor Mike Huckabee on the topic of abortion. Listen and watch the video and then make sure to vote in the poll. The winner will advance to the next round!

 

 

 

The Planned Parenthood Debate

By Jay Boyd, Fox News Summer College Associate

With the release of two rather abhorring undercover videos of Planned Parenthood employees, Americans have to once again directly confront the topic of abortion.

Both of the videos show Planned Parenthood employees casually discussing something that would be unthinkable to the average American – the sale of fetal body parts for a potential profit. It is a felony to sell human body parts. One employee even said that she would want “a Lamborghini” from the profits. Strategic abortions were also discussed, where abortion doctors are taught how to perform abortions while keeping the vital organs intact. It must be noted that there are strict regulations to performing abortions, and if the abortions are being performed as described in the videos, then Planned Parenthood, which receives nearly $500M in taxpayer funding, could be breaking the law for profits.

For their part, Planned Parenthood has denounced the videos as being heavily edited by “activists who have been widely discredited”. Eric Ferrero, the Vice President of Communications for the organization, said “what we can see on this tape is a woman who says ‘we’re not in it for the money’, and that any money must be related to reimbursement for costs.” Ferrero also said Planned Parenthood couldn’t confirm the video’s authenticity.

While Republicans have been fairly out in front of this issue, calling for everything from the stripping of Planned Parenthood funding to punitive action on the employees filmed, it has been a completely different response on the Democrats’ side. Perhaps that is because the leading Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, has received almost $10,000 from nine people who work for Planned Parenthood. And Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders have perfect abortion rights’ records. But when does morality overtake money?

Pro-choicers and pro-lifers across the country share the opinion that these videos are repulsive and difficult to watch. Chris Koster (D), Missouri’s Attorney General, declared that “regardless of whether one is pro-life or pro-choice, the questions raised by these videos require careful review.” Even then, Koster’s view could potentially be one of political expedience, because he has a desire to be the next Governor of Missouri, not exactly the most liberal state, with a state House and Senate overwhelmingly controlled by Republicans.

The Democrats haven’t been this directly confronted with the abortion issue on a national scale since presidential candidate Rand Paul (KY) demanded the opinion of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (FL) on late-term abortion, or after three months. She replied by saying the decision was between a doctor and a mother. If you look at recent polling, that answer won’t fly with Americans as a whole.

A Marist poll conducted in January, where 47% identified as pro-life and 49% as pro-choice, show 84% of Americans favor “significant restrictions and safeguards”, such as limits to within the first three months of pregnancy and only permitting them in cases of rape or incest. That includes 69% of those who identified as pro-choice.

While several social issues have been championed by Democrats recently, such as the Affordable Care Act and gay marriage, this is yet another issue they will undoubtedly be questioned on.

Twitter Conversations Around Midterm Elections

We sat down with Adam Sharp, Head of Twitter News, Government and Elections, to discuss some of the key issues voters across the United States are talking about ahead of Tuesday's  midterms. What is the number one thing people are talking about in regards to politics and this election? President Obama-- and we will see if that makes a difference when voters head to the polls.

 

 

March For Life: Brit Hume's Commentary from Special Report

This is the 41st anniversary of the day the Supreme Court found that a generalized right to privacy it had basically invented meant that a woman has a Constitutional right to snuff out an unborn life, a human being with a beating heart. That's what a fetus as young as six weeks is.
 
Small wonder these protesters still come every year to register their continuning objections. Some estimates are that as many as 55 million abortions -- 55 million -- have occurred since the Court acted.
 
In that time, science has given us an ever clearer picture of just how much of a baby a fetus is. At 20 weeks, we now know, these tiny creatures can hear, even recognize a mother's voice. Their toenails are growing and their hearts beat loud enough to be heard by a stethoscope.
 
The moral case for allowing such beings to be killed grows ever weaker and its advocates resort to ever more absurd euphemisms to describe what they're supporting. They're not really pro abortion, they've long said, they're pro choice. This isn't about killing unborn babies. it's about reproductive health.
 
The biggest chain of abortion clinics in the country refers to itself as Planned Parenthood. In 2012, this organization says it carried out -- quote -- "abortion procedures" 329,445 times. Whatever that number represents, it's not parenthood.
 
These protesters here today understand that there is something deeply false and wrong about all this. They come each year to remind the rest of us. 

Grad Student Charged with Punching Woman Holding Pro-Life Sign

A 30-year old graduate student attending the University of Iowa's Carver College was charged with assault after punching an elderly woman holding a pro-life sign in Iowa City, IA. 

Police say Man Chun John Ma, from Hong Kong, struck the 78-year old in the back and caused bodily injury. Ma admitted that he was wrong to strike the woman, but that he thought opposing abortion was "strange." 

Ma was reportedly released from jail the same evening--

What do you think? 

 

Roe v Wade Turns 40

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court's controversial Roe v Wade decision making it legal to have an abortion. The country continues to be divided over those who supoprt a woman's right to choose and those that argue they are protecting the rights of the unborn. 

 

What do you think? Vote in our poll and tune in tonight at 6pmET as Shannon Bream reports on the story and our panel discusses with Bret! Also, check out the results of this Pew Reseach Center poll that found 63% of adults oppose overturning Roe v Wade as compared to 60% in 1992. Thoughts?

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