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WashPo readers protest absurd ‘fact check’ of Obama infanticide ad

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On September 10 Washington Post “fact checker” Josh Hicks picked apart the Susan B. Anthony List ad featuring abortion survivor Melissa Ohden, which called out Barack Obama for voting against the Illinois Born Alive Infant Protection Act four times when state senator. The ad:

When he was in the Illinois state Senate, Barack Obama voted to deny basic constitutional protections for babies born alive from an abortion – not once, but four times. I know it’s by the grace of God that I’m alive today, if only to ask America this question: Is this the kind of leadership that will lead us forward – that would discard the weakest among us?

Bizarrely, the only point Hicks could find to quibble with was the word “discard.” Was Ohden claiming she was “discarded”? Hicks pressed, apparently expecting late-term abortionists to cuddle babies they just aborted.

When Ohden couldn’t produce medical charts proving she was actually “discarded,” whatever Hicks imagined that meant, Hicks pronounced that Ohden was embellishing and gave her three “Pinochios” (out of four).

Meanwhile Hicks couldn’t “fathom” that Barack Obama would actually vote against protecting aborted alive infants.

Hicks proceeded to do a little of his own embellishing, rationalizing that when Obama used the term “previable fetus” (page 86 of the senate transcript) while arguing against the Illinois Born Alive Infant Protection Act during floor debate, he must have meant “a fetus still inside the womb,” according to Hicks.

This was to say Obama didn’t know the bill he opposed was about born-alive infants – despite the name of the bill.

And this was to ignore Obama’s description a couple sentences prior (page 85) that the subject he had in mind was indeed a born baby, a “fetus or child, as – as some might describe it… still temporarily alive outside the womb.”

Obama reiterated a year later on the Illinois senate floor he was discussing (page 32) a “nonviable fetus… fetus, or child – however way you want to describe it… now outside the mother’s womb… in fact, they’re not just coming out limp and dead….”

Hicks agreed with FactCheck.org that Barack Obama lied when he claimed in 2008 he would have voted for legislation as Illinois state senator to protect born-alive infants had it been identical to legislation that passed unanimously in the United States Senate. In fact, Obama voted for a clause aligning the state verbiage with the federal before voting against it.

Hicks wrote he would have given Obama four “Pinocchios”  for that lie, except the lie was “several years old now.” Good to know the WashPo “fact” checker has a statute of limitations on lying.

Mark Hemingway at The Weekly Standard has a good piece on this journalistic absurdity (good title: “WaPo Fact Checker: We Could Give Obama Four Pinocchios on His Abortion Record, But Won’t), as does Ramesh Ponnuru at NRO.

But what has snagged my fancy are the comments. The count is currently at 163, and many if not most are incredulous, with lots of wit to boot. A sampling:

By scottcpan:

So you dole out Pinocchios on stylistic objections, not factual ones, and as long as a what you admit was a lie was a while ago, even though it’s germane to the current campaign, you won’t dole out Pinocchios.

Must be nice in this economy to be able to keep a job you stink at.

edarnold:

Memo to the Post’s Management:

Time to fire your ‘Fact Checker’.

The question to be addressed by this article is whether Obama, as an Illinois State Senator, voted to deny a right to life to survivors of late term abortions, The answer, according to the evidence presented in the article, is that he clearly did so vote. The conclusion of the article should be clearly stated that in denying that he voted in this way Mr. Obama is lying.

Instead, your ‘Fact Checker’ twists, turns, weasels and misrepresents the events, and the individuals who are calling Mr. Obama to account for his lie. The ‘Fact Checker’s’ total lack of objectivity plainly shows him to be a member of the campaign to re-elect Mr. Obama, no matter what the cost to his own, and the newspaper’s, credibility.

Did Obama vote to deny rights to infant abortion survivors? Yes, and then lied about doing so.

pembroke601:

In 2008 these liberal fact checkers were absurd, today they’re absolutely insane with b s.

fury60:

Obama voted to murder babies born alive and the fact checker justifies it.

A liberal media fact-checker walks into a bar with a duck on his head.

Bartender asks, “Can I help you?”

Duck says, “Yeah, get this liar off my a**.”

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Pro-life billboard towers over Planned Parenthood – for one day

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Jackson Right to Life, in Michigan, followed all the rules when renting billboard space next to the Jackson Planned Parenthood.

For one glorious day a pro-life billboard towered over Planned Parenthood’s pathetic little abortion feeder with the simple but powerful message, “Choose Life = No Regrets.”

There was only one problem: The billboard was on Planned Parenthood’s property. Adams Outdoor Advertising had leased the billboard space but forgotten about Planned Parenthood’s addendum forbidding any pro-life messaging.

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So just as quickly as the billboard went up, on June 9, it came down the next day. Adams is offering Jackson RTL other locations, and on the advice of attorneys Jackson RTL is accepting Adams’ offer and moving on.

But the snafu was all worth it for the amazing photo op, eh?

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Planned Parenthood CEO’s annual salary now exceeds $500,000

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Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards 2012-13 salary now exceeds $500k
According to Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s 2012 IRS Form 990, CEO Cecile Richards made over one-half million dollars – $523,616, to be exact – for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2013.

That’s a lot of money to pay the CEO of a nonprofit organization, particularly one that claims to cater to low-income women.

“Planned Parenthood works to make health care accessible and affordable,” boasts Planned Parenthood

Really? How much more affordable would Planned Parenthood’s services be were not its corporate bosses and affiliate CEOs making big bucks? For that 2012 reporting period, PPFA’s 12-member executive team tallied a combined income of $3.87 million.

When questioned by The Daily Caller in October 2012 about what was thought at the time to be an “almost $400,000 salary,” Richards responded, “None of my salary is paid for by the federal government.” 

But if “[n]early half of Planned Parenthood patients rely on Medicaid coverage,” as Planned Parenthood states, does Richards really think she’d be making the same coin were government funding – to the tune of $540.6 million in FY 2012-13 – removed from Planned Parenthood’s total revenue of $1.210 billion?

And actually, The Daily Caller was well over $100,000 off on Richards’ salary.

Turns out Richards made $583,323 during Fiscal Year 2011 (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012). This represented a whopping 39% pay increase from the year before that, when she “only” made $420,153.

Cecile Richards campaigns Barack ObamaSo, actually, Richards’ 2012 salary of $523,616 represented a 10% pay cut.

But this was because she took time off from Planned Parenthood to campaign for President Obama’s reelection – which paid off for Planned Parenthood handsomely via windfall income via Obamacare and other government funding streams, only kept flowing by Obama and other pro-abortion politicians.

This sort of financial cushion then frees up Planned Parenthood to raise and spend money to elect pro-abortion candidates, who then return the favor.

See how the circle of loot works?

And where are the liberals – the Occupy Wall Street types – who supposedly despise such top-heavy income? They oppose Big Oil, Big Pharma, and Big Finance. But Big Abortion? Not on your life, or rather, not on the lives of innocent little babies.

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South by Southwest: Pro-life laws eradicating abortion clinics

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There is a mesmerizing time-lapse video at the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois, that in four minutes shows the North’s four-year takeover of the South during the Civil War (screen shots above – view a video clip here).

I was reminded of that video when viewing this GIF from Planned Parenthood. Click on the image to launch…

Planned Parenthood 5-1-14-Abortion-Disappearing-In-South-Map

The correlation between slavery and abortion makes it poignant that legal abortion is first being wiped out in the South, although the area also encompasses some of the Southwest, including Texas and Oklahoma….

Headlines: Abortion disappearing in the South

While many different types of pro-life laws are being enacted, such as late-term abortion bans, waiting periods, ultrasound requirements, and parental involvement, those having the greatest impact are what the abortion industry calls “Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider (TRAP) laws” – abortion clinic regulations and requirements that abortionists have hospital admitting privileges.

The sudden proliferation of “TRAP” laws most certainly can be tied to the discovery in 2010 of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s House of Horrors and Gosnell’s subsequent conviction in 2013 of first degree murder in the deaths of three abortion surviving infants and involuntary manslaughter of a patient.

Whether the Gosnell case emboldened pro-life politicians, or frightened them into trying to avert the discovery of another Gosnell in their state, it doesn’t matter.

The result is both a physical and political win, physical in that these laws save the lives of children and mothers, and political in that they expose the abortion industry as medically substandard.

The Associated Press describes the toll on the abortion industry in the South/Southwest:

The [admitting privileges] requirements are already in effect in Texas and Tennessee….

If the law there is upheld, Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic would have to close….

After judges allowed Texas’ privileges law to take effect earlier this year, 19 of 33 abortion clinics closed….

In Alabama, operators of three of five abortion clinics testified last week during a trial challenging the law that they use out-of-town doctors who wouldn’t be able to admit patients to local hospitals. They said they’d have to close….

In Louisiana, opponents said the Louisiana law would close three of the state’s five abortion clinics….

Of course, states in many other areas of the country are enacting pro-life legislation, but there is a concentration in the South/Southwest that “could see an entire region of the nation with little or no access to safe abortion,” warns Planned Parenthood.

Legal sure, but “safe,” no. At least one woman a month dies from a legal abortion in the U.S.

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