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‘Slap in the face’: Social conservatives slam Condoleezza Rice running mate rumor

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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 13, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – According to media reports, Mitt Romney is considering naming former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as his vice president, a rumor that has social conservative leaders up in arms.

Conservative activist Richard Viguerie is encouraging people to “call Governor Romney at 857-288-3500 to let him know that we demand he choose a real conservative as his running mate.”

Rice describes herself as “mildly pro-choice.” She favors homosexual unions and Affirmative Action and is widely believed to have voted for Barack Obama in 2008.

Viguerie, a founder of the 1970s New Right and editor of the Conservative Digest, says the mere fact that the Romney campaign may be considering a pro-abortion vice president is “a slap in the face.”

“We want someone who conservatives recognize as one of their own, not some nominal Republican who the news media thinks of as a conservative because he or she has an ‘R’ for Republican beside their name,” he said. “And that describes the pro-choice Condoleeza Rice all too well.”

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Other conservatives and pro-life, pro-family leaders – while not as outspoken as the conservative political veteran – share his concerns.

Katrina Trinko at NRO’s “The Corner” wrote, “Both Rice’s views on abortion…and her years in the Bush administration seem likely to generate controversy, while I’m not seeing any group of voters that she would automatically attract. ”

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser pointed out that Romney had promised a pro-life running mate. “Former Secretary Rice’s position on the sanctity of human life makes her an unqualified candidate for Governor Romney to choose as a running mate,” Dannenfelser said. “Throughout the campaign, including at the Palmetto Freedom Forum last September, he has pledged to us in no uncertain terms that he would choose a pro-life running mate.

“We have taken Governor Romney at his word and therefore believe Secretary Rice will be ruled out of consideration. Secretary Rice’s position violates criteria that Governor Romney himself has laid out.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins previously responded to a remark from Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels that he might consider Rice as a running mate, saying that her view on abortion “makes her a non-starter with social conservatives.”

Others are taking the unusual tack of pointing out one of their own potential candidate’s inexperience, noting Rice had no domestic policy or executive accomplishments.

Bloggers at The American Spectator are clinging to hopes that Drudge’s track record of VP speculation is not the best.

Conservative opposition to a Condoleezza candidacy appears as deep as it is broad. As of this writing, a poll on National Review Online asking, “Is Condoleeza Rice the right VPOTUS pick?” found 63 percent saying no.

Many believe there is nothing to worry about. Conservative blogger Erick Erickson tweeted on Thursday that he has “multiple assurances from Team Romney tonight that Condi isn’t happening for Veep.”

Still, some have hoped for a Condoleezza Rice vice presidency. In 2008, columnists Floyd and Mary Beth Brown floated the idea in a nationally syndicated column. “Hopefully the most exciting job to date will be offered to Condoleezza Rice by a Republican nominee that needs to energize his campaign,” they wrote. Mary Beth Brown, who wrote a book on Condi, called her “John McCain’s Best Choice for VP,” writing that the choice would help John McCain “solidify the Republican base.”

Dick Morris, a Republican strategist who formerly advised Bill Clinton, wrote a book stating the 2008 race should be Condi vs. Hillary

The woman McCain chose instead of Rice, Sarah Palin, called Rice a “wonderful” choice, although she would “prefer a presidential and vice presidential candidate who had that respect for all innocent, precious, purposeful human life.”

Ultimately, the greatest veto over Rice’s candidacy belongs to Rice herself.

“I didn’t run for student council president,” she said in June. “I don’t see myself in any way in elected office.” 
 
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Hillary Clinton: ‘I’m proud to stand with Planned Parenthood’

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WASHINGTON, D.C., August 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Seven days after calling videos of Planned Parenthood officials harvesting fetal parts "disturbing," leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is throwing her support behind the embattled abortion giant.

In an ad released on Monday, just hours before the U.S. Senate failed to defund Planned Parenthood, Clinton called such legislative efforts "a full-on assault on women's health."

She also described Planned Parenthood as "the nation's leader in providing reproductive health care."

“Unfortunately, these attacks aren’t new," Clinton said. "They’re more of the same. We have seen them in Wisconsin, where Governor Walker defunded Planned Parenthood and left women across the state stranded with nowhere else to turn. We have seen them in Florida, where Jeb Bush funneled millions of dollars into abstinence-only programs while gutting funds for crucial family planning programs. And we have seen them in Texas, where Governor [Rick] Perry drastically cut funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings."

"And then [Perry] signed legislation that forced health centers across the state to close their doors in an attempt to wipe out access to safe and legal abortion all together,” Clinton said.

Walker boasted of defunding Planned Parenthood at a Republican presidential candidate in New Hampshire last night.

As governor of Florida, Bush put millions of dollars towards pro-life pregnancy care clinics, which are pro-life alternatives to abortion clinics.

The measures Perry signed in 2013 banned most abortions after 20 weeks' gestation, forced abortion centers to upgrade to the same level as ambulatory surgical centers, and required abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

However, according to Clinton, defunding America's largest abortion company is "cutting people off from the health care provider they know and trust."

“When they attack women’s health, they attack America’s health," Clinton said. "And it’s wrong. And we are not going to let them get away with it."

"We are not going back. We are going to fight back," she vowed.

She concluded, "I’m proud to stand with Planned Parenthood."

Her video came between the releases of undercover video footage revealing Planned Parenthood's work in harvesting the organs of aborted babies and turning them over to research firms for a fee.

Clinton has long supported abortion-on-demand, saying earlier this year that religious beliefs opposed to abortion "must be changed."

Last year, she said it was "a bedrock truth" that "you cannot make progress on gender equality or broader human development, without safeguarding women’s reproductive health and rights."

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Bobby Jindal cancels Planned Parenthood funding in wake of body parts scandal

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BATON ROUGE, LA, August 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The state of Louisiana has canceled its contract with the state's two Planned Parenthood centers.

Louisiana governor and 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal said that the decision came because of new videos showing illegal activity by top Planned Parenthood officials.

“In recent weeks, it has been shocking to see reports of the alleged activities taking place at Planned Parenthood facilities across the country. Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the people of Louisiana and shows a fundamental disrespect for human life,” he said. “It has become clear that this is not an organization that is worthy of receiving public assistance from the state.”

Jindal, who had ordered the state to investigate Planned Parenthood for potential felony violations following the release of the first video, canceled the contract because of its "at will" provision. That means that "either party can choose to cancel the contract at will after providing written notice,” according to a press release from the governor's office. “Governor Jindal and DHH decided to give the required 30-day notice to terminate the Planned Parenthood Medicaid provider contract because Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the State of Louisiana in regards to respecting human life."

"Pending the ongoing investigation, DHH [the Dept. of Health and Hospitals] reserves the right to amend the cancellation notice and terminate the provider agreement immediately should cause be determined," it states.

This action is just the latest by the pro-life governor, who last year signed a law requiring all abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Louisiana has been named the number one pro-life state by Americans United for Life for six years in a row.

A Planned Parenthood official told the left-wing blog Talking Points Memo that no Planned Parenthood facilities provide abortions, although the abortion provider hopes to build a facility to do so.

Gov. Jindal also halted the building that 8,000-square foot abortion megaplex, scheduled to be built in New Orleans, following the release of the first video.

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This one shot from the latest PP sting video might be the most disturbing thing you see all year

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I’m about to show you something that, if you're alive and have a heartbeat, will deeply disturb you, and then make you hopping mad.

I warn you, it’s graphic. But everybody needs to see this. Because this is the truth. And even if the truth is difficult, and gruesome, and challenging, it must be known.

This morning the Center for Medical Progress released the latest in their series of undercover sting videos exposing the fact that Planned Parenthood is harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies.

The first part is plenty disturbing, as director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, discusses how she “diversifies” Planned Parenthood's “revenue stream” by selling aborted baby parts, and how their abortionists can modify the abortion procedure (Note: totally illegal) to obtain “intact” fetuses.

But then the camera moves into the lab, where workers are actually involved in dissecting and dismembering aborted babies to get the useful body parts.

Describing their “last case” of the day, one of the workers tells an actor posing as someone interested in purchasing fetal body parts, that “it was a twin” at about 20 weeks gestation.

The camera then pans over to a dish, filled with what Planned Parenthood describes as “tissue.” One of the workers uses tweezers to pick up the intestines, and boasts about how sometimes “the organs come out really, really well.”

And that’s when I saw it. A little, beautiful, perfectly formed hand, gently clenched in a fist – a hand attached to an arm that had been torn from its owner's body, and thrown in a dish swimming with body parts.

...And then I saw the foot. And the other foot.

I wish I could say I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. But I could, because I know what Planned Parenthood does. But there’s a difference between believing, and seeing.

And that’s why these photos must be shared as far and wide as possible.

After that, it gets even worse, as the man behind the camera uses his tweezers to pick up and inspect an arm and hand...and then the leg...and then another leg.

Yes, it is horrifying that Planned Parenthood is apparently lying about the fact that it makes a tidy profit off trafficking in the body parts of aborted babies.

But the worst thing of all is that Planned Parenthood has body parts to sell in the first place. That Planned Parenthood is daily, constantly, aborting babies that have hands, and feet, and hearts, and lungs.

The worst part is that every time Planned Parenthood sells a body part, it is because they have killed a baby, a human being like you and me – a human being that had the right to live, and love, and be, a baby whose life was summarily snuffed out, and turned into a “revenue stream.”

The worst part is that year after year, decade after decade, we let Planned Parenthood get away with the canard that they are only aborting "blobs of tissue," or "products of pregnancy" - as if we don't all know perfectly well what the product of a pregnancy is: a baby. 

I say, enough is enough. Shut Planned Parenthood down, now!

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