Politics & Policy

Carly Fiorina Dares Clinton and Obama to Watch Planned Parenthood Videos

(Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Carly Fiorina just dared President Obama and Hillary Clinton to watch the series of undercover Planned Parenthood videos that has Republican lawmakers pushing to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider.

“Anyone who has watched those video tapes — I dare Hillary Clinton [and] Barack Obama to watch these tapes,” she said, her intense delivery drawing the largest applause of any line to that point in tonight’s GOP presidential debate. “Watch a fully-formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says ‘we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’ This is about the character of our nation.”

Her remarks were an apparent reference to the seventh video released by the Center for Medical Progress exposing Planned Parenthood’s apparent sale of body parts taken from aborted babies. In the video, a former employee of then-Planned Parenthood partner Stem Express named Holly O’Donnell described how a Planned Parenthood employee tapped the chest of an aborted baby “and it starts beating.”

“She gave me the scissors and told me that I had to cut down the middle of the face,” O’Donnell says in a Center for Medical Progress interview. “I can’t even describe what that feels like.”

#share#White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has defended Planned Parenthood even though he admits he has not watched the videos. “I suspect somebody has,” he told reporters during a press briefing last month. “I am merely repeating what I’ve seen that they’ve said and what has been reported publicly about what they’ve said.”

#related#Senate Democrats recently filibustered a vote on legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood, legislation supported by a majority of the upper chamber. Lawmakers are currently debating how to target the group’s federal appropriations with the government set to run out of funding on October 1. A group of 30 to 40 House Republicans has pledged not to vote for any government-funding bill that does not completely defund the abortion giant.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) argues that congressional Republicans should not try to use the government funding lapse as a chance to strip out the Planned Parenthood subsidy, because President Obama would veto the bill and trigger a government shutdown that might be blamed on Republicans. “If we will not stand up and force President Obama to veto this bill, shame on us,” Fiorina said.

— Joel Gehrke is a political reporter for National Review.

Most Popular

White House

The Trivialization of Impeachment

We have a serious governance problem. Our system is based on separation of powers, because liberty depends on preventing any component of the state from accumulating too much authority -- that’s how tyrants are born. For the system to work, the components have to be able to check each other: The federal and ... Read More

‘Texodus’ Bodes Badly for Republicans

‘I am a classically trained engineer," says Representative Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, "and I firmly believe in regression to the mean." Applying a concept from statistics to the randomness of today's politics is problematic. In any case, Hurd, 42, is not waiting for the regression of our politics from the ... Read More

Feminists Have Turned on Pornography

Since the sexual revolution of the 1960s, the feminist movement has sought to condemn traditional sexual ethics as repressive, misogynistic, and intolerant. As the 2010s come to a close, it might be fair to say that mainstream culture has reached the logical endpoint of this philosophy. Whereas older Americans ... Read More

Put Up or Shut Up on These Accusations, Hillary

Look, one 2016 candidate being prone to wild and baseless accusations is enough. Appearing on Obama campaign manager David Plouffe’s podcast, Hillary Clinton suggested that 2016 Green Party candidate Jill Stein was a “Russian asset,” that Republicans and Russians were promoting the Green Party, and ... Read More

Not Less Religion, Just Different Religion

The Pew Poll tells us that society is secularizing -- particularly among the young -- and who can deny it? That is one reason that the free expression of religion is under such intense pressure in the West. But it seems to me that we aren't really becoming less religious. Rather, many are merely changing that ... Read More