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Planned Parenthood and Fired Former Chief Mired in Escalating Dispute

Leana Wen, the recently fired former president of Planned Parenthood, appears headed toward an increasingly contentious exit, after accusing the organization’s leadership of trying to “buy my silence” in a dispute that threatens to prolong and magnify an acrimonious transition at the top of the nation’s best known women’s health care and reproductive rights group.

Dr. Wen has been engaged in two months of fraught negotiations over her severance package since she was fired in July. She led Planned Parenthood for less than a year and accused the organization of withholding her health insurance and departure payout as “ransom” to pressure her to sign a confidentiality agreement.

She made the accusations in a barbed 1,400-word letter to Planned Parenthood’s board of directors this past week, which was obtained by The New York Times. “No amount of money can ever buy my integrity and my commitment to the patients I serve,” Dr. Wen wrote.

The public airing of internal discord comes at an inopportune time for Planned Parenthood as both the organization itself and its abortion services have come under assault by the Trump administration and Republican-controlled statehouses.

Planned Parenthood disputed Dr. Wen’s characterizations.

“Dr. Wen’s recent allegations are unfortunate, saddening, and simply untrue,” said Melanie Newman, a senior vice president for communications at Planned Parenthood. “The attorneys representing the board have made every good faith effort to amicably part from Dr. Wen, and are disappointed that they have been unable to reach a suitable resolution regarding her exit package.”

Ms. Newman noted Dr. Wen has remained on payroll during the negotiations and will be salaried through mid-October, with health benefits through the end of that month under COBRA. Ms. Newman said Planned Parenthood had offered Dr. Wen a full additional year of salary and health benefits “under terms that are standard and consistent with her employment agreement and any reasonable executive exit package.”

The dispute, in many ways, is a classic and familiar one: A fired executive seeking compensation and the organization seeking a non-disclosure agreement.

In a statement on Saturday, Dr. Wen said that, “There should be no dispute regarding the terms of my employment contract, which are clearly spelled out,” and that she was disappointed her letter had leaked. People familiar with the matter said a Monday deadline had been set for Dr. Wen and Planned Parenthood to strike an accord.

The internal drama comes as Planned Parenthood is increasingly under external political duress. Last month, Planned Parenthood said it was withdrawing from the federal program that provides services to poor women rather than comply with a new Trump administration rule which forbids referrals to doctors who can provide abortions. The program, known as Title X, had provided $60 million annually to the group.

The board of Planned Parenthood fired Dr. Wen, 36, in July after sharp disagreements over what officials there described as her abrasive and flawed management style. Dr. Wen blamed her sacking on disagreements over her reorienting the organization further from abortion politics and more toward its role as a women’s health provider.

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In her letter, Dr. Wen wrote she believed that de-emphasizing “abortion care is the best way to protect it.” “However,” she went on, “there is a vocal minority” including many national staff and board members “who prefer a stridently political, abortion-first philosophy.”

Dr. Wen said she had “no desire to harm the organization,” though some of her July comments about the politics of abortion were quickly seized by conservatives seeking political advantage.

Much of her Sept. 9 letter focused on more personal matters. Dr. Wen accused the two board chairs of preventing her from addressing the full board and wrote that she had declined to sign “a permanent gag on my voice” when she was fired July 16, “despite extraordinary pressure and substantial financial incentives.”

Before her July termination, Dr. Wen and the board had been involved in weeks of intense negotiations, according to people familiar with the matter; around that time Dr. Wen also suffered a miscarriage. She wrote about that experience in the Washington Post without informing Planned Parenthood’s leadership.

In her recent letter, she left open the possibility of legal action. “I have no desire to file claims against Planned Parenthood for defamation, retaliation, or discrimination,” she wrote ominously.

She said that Planned Parenthood was demanding her silence “in exchange for my contractually-guaranteed severance and continued health insurance coverage,” calling the efforts “unjust” and “unethical.”

Dr. Wen went so far as to invoke the recent Trump administration rules to accuse Planned Parenthood’s board of hypocrisy.

“It is deeply hypocritical,” she wrote, that Planned Parenthood, “would attempt to enforce a gag order on its immediate past President/CEO while fighting the Trump administration’s gag rule on Title X providers.”

Ms. Newman said Planned Parenthood had in fact “proposed language to reasonably meet her concerns about the scope of the confidentiality clause.”

“We had expected to reach resolution and finalize the package in the coming days,” Ms. Newman said, alluding to its potential as a distraction at a pivotal moment. “Our work is more necessary than ever, and we have never been more committed to it than we are today.”

On Thursday, Dr. Wen posted on Twitter that she had a new position as a visiting professor at George Washington University and that she was pregnant.

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Pete Buttigieg’s Association With the Abortionist Who Stockpiled Baby Corpses in His Home Is Hardly Surprising

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Pete Buttigieg, in addition to being a deeply dishonest man who constantly lies to rationalize and defend his lifestyle and beliefs, is an abortion fanatic. How much of that is due to some personal animus he has towards heterosexual couples and how much is simply founded on his politics, but his views on abortion are extreme even by the standard of the Democrat party. For instance, Buttigieg has claimed that a baby can be killed up until the moment it draws its first breath. And obscenely claims there is Scriptural support for this view.

[Pro-life people] hold everybody in line with this one piece of doctrine about abortion, which is obviously a tough issue for a lot of people to think through morally. Then again, there’s a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath. Even that is something that we can interpret differently. . . . No matter what you think about the cosmic question of how life begins, most Americans can get on board with the idea of, ‘I might draw the here. You might draw the line there.’ The most important thing is the person who should be drawing the line is the woman making the decision.

That view is not only anti-science it is sacrilegious and utterly heretical:

Today, as my colleague Brandon Morse reports, a home belonging to a deceased abortionist was found to contain some 2,246 sets of remains of dead babies. The abortionist was Ulrich Klopfer. He was forcibly retired in 2015, and his clinic closed, after it was found he’d performed abortions on at least two girls under 13 years of age and violated state law by not reporting it. This is the worst case:

In particular, according to Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, many of the board members were particularly struck by Klopfer’s nonchalant attitude regarding the case of a 10-year-old girl who had been raped by her uncle. The doctor failed to notify the police even after learning that the parents were going to keep the matter secret. One board member stated that what bothered her most was Klopfer’s striking lack of medical judgment and competence.

What makes this case more interesting is that Klopfer’s clinic was located in South Bend, Indiana. And while he was there, good ol’ Godly Mayor Pete (or Alcalde Pete, if you were watching the Spanish portion of the Democrat debate) intervened to help him out.

In Buttigieg’s first year in office, a pro-life crisis pregnancy center attempted to open right next door to the abortuary run by Klopfer at the time, it was called the Women’s Pavilion. The pro-life group, headed by a guy named Shawn Sullivan, promised to not allow pro-life demonstrators to use their property but Buttigieg intervened to prevent it getting permission to open. Undeterred, Sullivan opened a Catholic chapel next door and in a short period of time the complaints against Klopfer and the impact of the chapel forced the Womens’ Pavilion to close.

Given Buttigieg fetishization of abortion and Klopfer’s status as South Bend’s only abortionist, it is difficult to imagine that there was not a more extensive and substantive relationship waiting to be uncovered.

This is the kind of man Buttigieg is. He defended Klopfer when his license was under attack. He provided the administrative firepower necessary to overturn a zoning decision that would have put a pro-life pregnancy center next door to Klopfer. And he thinks a child still attached to the umbilical cord can be legally killed because it isn’t yet breathing.

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A Gosnell menagerie: Over 2200 fetuses found on late abortionist’s property

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At one time, Ulrich Klopfer was known as Indiana’s most prolific abortionist, at least until his license got yanked for failing to report the sexual exploitation of two thirteen-year-old girls. Four years later, Klopfer passed away, but he’s still making news. His grieving family made a grisly discovery at a property owned by Klopfer this week — more than 2200 “fetal remains” that the abortionist kept.

No one is quite sure why:

Police say 2,246 medically preserved fetal remains were found on the property of Ulrich George Klopfer, a late abortion doctor who used to operate a South Bend clinic.

Klopfer died on Sept. 3.

On Sept. 12, the Will County (Illinois) Coroner’s Office received a call from an attorney representing his family. They reported finding fetal remains among Klopfer’s personal property and requested proper removal.

Will County sheriff’s detectives, crime scene investigators and representatives from the coroner’s office went to the address and were directed to an area of the property where 2,246 medically preserved fetal remains were located.

The case reminds one of Kermit Gosnell, the convicted murderer in Philadelphia whose disgusting clinic contained hundreds of preserved fetal parts. Gosnell later claimed he kept them for scientific purposes, but never provided a scientific purpose for which they could be used. The implication in Gosnell’s case was that he was keeping trophies in the same manner as a serial killer.

This looks to be a similar case, at least at first blush. Klopfer had been barred from practicing medicine since the 2015 licensing case, but it’s possible that he could still have conducted research. If so, though, why do it at a remote property without any research or laboratory infrastructure? Why would it have been hidden from his family?

That’s not the only similarity between Klopfer and Gosnell. Here are the list of particulars found by investigators that looked into Klopfer’s operations, as noted by the group Right to Life of St. Joseph County:

After 43 years of performing abortions and numerous complaints filed against Klopfer by consumers, the Department of Health, and advocacy groups, Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office filed complaints with the Indiana Medical Licensing Board, recommending that disciplinary action be taken against Klopfer’s medical license.

At the final hearing regarding this complaint on Thursday, the Board found Klopfer to be guilty of 5 out of the 9 allegations brought before them by the Attorney General’s Office. Among these, Klopfer was accused of the following:
• Failing to timely report–within three days as required by law– abortions performed on 13-year old girls
• Failing to keep up with proper professional and medical competency standards
• Failing to obtain informed and voluntary consent for seven patients at least 18 hours prior to the abortion procedure
• Not having qualified staff on hand to monitor anesthesia
• Submitting over 1,800 Termination of Pregnancy Reports with omissions or errors
Although Klopfer’s ACLU attorney Mary Watts attempted to spin the argument as a trivial matter of semantics on paperwork and documentation, Deputy Attorney General Renee Gallagher led the way for the State in arguing that Klopfer’s incompetencies and neglectful standards of care make him unfit to practice as a physician.

It’s not as bad as Gosnell’s horrors, but it demonstrates the same scofflaw attitude. Now with his trophies far outnumbering those of Gosnell’s, the question now becomes what didn’t investigators discover at that time.

While considering that, spare a kind thought and a prayer for his family. What they must be going through after making this discovery is unimaginable. After that, though, spare a few thoughts and prayers for Klopfer’s many victims, both alive and not.

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Thousands of Remains from Aborted Babies Found In Illinois Abortion Doctor’s Home

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There’s a sickness surrounding abortion and those who perform it as a profession. One Illinois abortion doctor had around 2,000 fetal body parts in his home despite the fact that no abortions were ever performed there.

According to WSBT, police say the doctor who resided in South Bend passed away earlier this month. As his family went into his home to clean it out, they found the thousands of remains:

Officials say 2,246 fetal remains were found in the home of a doctor who used to perform abortions in South Bend until his license was suspended in 2015.

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who has a home in Will County, Illinois, passed away on September 3.

Last week his family was looking through his home in Will County following his death.

There they found the fetal remains.

According to WSBT, Klopfer had been suspended from practicing abortions back in 2015 over various violations surrounding his practice:

Klopfer used to practice out of Women’s Pavilion in South Bend. You may remember the state of Indiana suspended Klopfer’s medical license in 2015 for failing to exercise reasonable care and violating several notice and documentation requirements. He was accused of failing to report an abortion preformed on a 13-year-old.

Why someone who hadn’t practiced in the abortion field for four years would still maintain thousands of fetal baby parts in his home is confusing, but police are investigating the situation. Perhaps he was selling them, or worse, he was keeping them as trophies. I’d hate to speculate, but this is something you’d see in horror movies.

As we’ve learned from various stings in the past, major abortion providers are fully into the business of selling the body parts of aborted babies and they do have some value. Perhaps the police investigation will find something far deeper than a sick mind.

Regardless of the intent, “sick” is the only real way to describe this.

 

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In First, California Would Require Public Universities to Provide Abortion Pills

At a time when conservative states are sharply limiting abortion access, California signaled a new frontier in abortion-rights on Friday with the passage of legislation that would require all public universities in the state to provide medication abortion on campus.

The bill, which would use money raised from private donors to equip and train campus health centers, grew out of a student-led movement at the University of California, Berkeley, and it has sparked the introduction of a similar bill in Massachusetts.

Anti-abortion groups say they are likely to challenge the legislation if Gov. Gavin Newsom signs it into law. He has a month to decide. A spokesman declined to say what he will do, but last year during his campaign for governor, Mr. Newsom said he supported a similar effort.

The bill would apply to 34 campuses throughout the state, with nearly 750,000 enrolled students — 11 under the umbrella of the University of California and 23 under the California State University system. A 2018 study estimated that hundreds of students at these schools seek medication abortion each month.

“We can show the rest of the country, especially while there’s these crazy abortion bans sweeping the country,” said Zoe Murray, 23, a recent graduate of University of California Santa Barbara, who sought a medication abortion from the student health center there when she was a sophomore, but had to go off campus. “Going to university is really stressful as is, and a lot of students are struggling financially, or like me, I was struggling with my mental health at the time.”

Under the bill, as of 2023, campus health centers would be required to offer medication abortion — a process that involves taking two types of pills, legally approved to terminate pregnancies that are within 10 weeks of gestation.

Private donations of about $10.3 million, which organizers say has already been raised, would be used to train staff at university health centers and to buy ultrasound machines. State law already requires that insurers cover the cost of abortion.

The two California higher education systems did not take a position on the bill. They raised concerns about whether they would have to bear costs for logistics, liability or security, which they might then pass on to students, and said they were working with legislators to address those.

The abortion pill method, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000, now accounts for about a third of American abortions, and studies have shown it to be safe and effective in most cases. The F.D.A. requires that the first of the two drugs, mifepristone, be dispensed by a certified medical provider after a consultation, but women can then take one or both of the drugs at home.

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Most campus health centers now provide gynecological exams and contraception, but refer students seeking abortions to outside clinics. Advocates for the bill argued that sending students off-campus for a process that typically involves medical visits before and after the medication was taken posed hurdles.

“The barriers are about economics and schedules and frankly also about stigma,” said Marj Plumb, campaign director of JustCARE. “It’s the idea that this procedure, which really is simple and really is safe, that there is something wrong that they had to go somewhere else to get this medicine.”

Opponents of the bill include the California Catholic Conference, whose president, Bishop Jaime Soto, last month urged Christians to “pray with me a novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of unborn children, asking her powerful intercession to defeat this bill.”

Kristi Hamrick, a spokeswoman for Students for Life of America, said her organization called medication abortions “toilet bowl abortions,” adding that “at the rallies, we often bring toilet seats as a visual.” Her group contends that medication abortions are damaging to women’s health.

“We also are very concerned about the conscience rights of people — students whose fees will be used to underwrite these health centers,” she said.

A similar bill has been introduced in Massachusetts by State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa. “It feels like a very winnable fight,” she said.

The student health program at the University of Illinois Chicago, which has about 33,300 students, currently provides medication abortion.

“We’re their regular doctor, they don’t have to walk through protesters, there’s no stigma,” said Dr. Ariel Leifer, medical director of the university’s Family Medicine Center at University Village. “It works very well, they like doing it in the comfort of their own home, the pain is manageable, it’s private.”

Berkeley students, including Adiba Khan, organized Students United for Reproductive Justice in 2015 and began trying to get the university’s health services to provide medication abortions.

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They were unsuccessful, but members of the Women’s Policy Institute, an activist-training program run by the Women’s Foundation of California, contacted the students about working on legislation.

A spokeswoman for Berkeley, Tami Cate, said, “The university did discuss the issue of medication abortion services with students and others, but it had not taken a position on the matter.”

A bill introduced in 2017 passed both chambers in 2018, but was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, who said that because California has abortion clinics located, on average, five to seven miles from campuses, the bill was unnecessary. Mr. Newsom, then the lieutenant governor, said he would have signed the bill.

Activists on both sides of the abortion debate see California’s vote as a new step in national abortion-rights strategy.

Nick Reynosa, the Northern California coordinator of the anti-abortion Students for Life of America, described the bill as “a symbolic gesture to push back against the success of the pro-life movement.”

Ms. Murray said she believes the bill “is going to really change and begin to destigmatize abortion, so we can start to talk about our experiences openly with abortion and with pregnancy on campus.”

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Christine Blasey-Ford’s Father Offered Support To Kavanaugh’s Father At Golf Club Encounter

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Journalists Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino recently published a book on the extraordinary senate confirmation battle that riveted the nation last fall entitled “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court.” The authors point out that Christine Blasey-Ford’s immediate family remained remarkably silent throughout and after the public spectacle the hearings became.

At the time, a group of supporters wrote a letter on Blasey-Ford’s behalf. Hemingway and Severino write that it began with, “As members of Christine Blasey Ford’s family . . .,” but they note that it wasn’t signed by a single blood relative.

Today, these women reported a little known fact that Ralph Blasey, Ford’s father, offered his support to Ed Kavanaugh shortly after the hearings. According to Hemingway and Severino:

Within days of Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, a fascinating encounter took place. Brett Kavanaugh’s father was approached by Ford’s father at the golf club where they are both members.

Ralph Blasey, Ford’s father, went out of his way to offer to Ed Kavanaugh his support of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, according to multiple people familiar with the conversation that took place at Burning Tree Club in Bethesda, Maryland. “I’m glad Brett was confirmed,” Ralph Blasey told Ed Kavanaugh, shaking his hand. Blasey added that the ordeal had been tough for both families.

The encounter immediately caused a stir at the close-knit private golf club as staff and members shared the news. The conversation between the two men echoed a letter that Blasey had previously sent to the elder Kavanaugh. Neither man returned requests for comment about the exchanges.

At the time of the senate hearings last year, a Washington Post reporter called Ralph Blasey, who told him, “I think all of the Blasey family would support her. I think her record stands for itself. Her schooling, her jobs and so on.” He ended the conversation without answering the question the reporter had called for. The reporter called Ford’s father a second time and Blasey said, “I think any father would have love for his daughter.”

Did Blasey believe his daughter? It doesn’t appear so.

Recently, The Daily Caller obtained a video of Christine Blasey-Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, speaking to a group of the University of Baltimore’s Feminist Legal Theory Conference in April. Katz admits that part of Blasey-Ford’s motivation for accusing now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in July 2018 was political.

Katz said, “In the aftermath of these hearings, I believe that Christine’s testimony brought about more good than the harm misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanaugh on the court. He will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is, we know his character, and we know what motivates him, and that is important; it is important that we know, and that is part of what motivated Christine.”

Actually, I believe her motivation was purely political. It’s possible her father did too. But a father’s love for a daughter runs deep. And while he couldn’t bring himself to say he believed her, nor could he say he didn’t.

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First city to use tax money to help women get abortions is…

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The answer is Austin, Texas. The first city in the United States to fund ‘logistical services’ for women to get an abortion with tax money is Austin, Texas. The taxpayers’ money will not directly pay for abortions – that would violate state law – so on Tuesday the Austin City Council did a go-around of state law.

The city council voted in favor of an item in the 2020 budget that distributes $150,000 to assist low-income women with logistical services in order to help them get abortions. These services include transportation, daycare, travel, and counseling. Since Texas law doesn’t allow abortion clinics to be funded in the state budget, this is how Austin will go around that obstacle. The Austin councilwoman who sponsored the resolution said restrictions on abortion doesn’t represent Texans’ values. That will be news to many Texas women.

Councilwoman Leslie Pool, who sponsored the resolution, says as Republicans in Texas chip away at abortion rights, it is important to make sure that all women have ‘access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion.’

“Here we are at Austin City Hall, a mile away from the state capitol, and yet we couldn’t be farther apart on our values when it comes to expanding access to the full range of reproductive healthcare, including abortion,” Pool said. ” It’s a shame that as the years go by, more restrictive laws go into place, chipping away at Roe v. Wade and women in our community have less access to abortion care. This proposal will make sure that Austinites who need an abortion can access that care.”

The action seems to be in response to Senate Bill 22, a new state law prohibiting local and state government from giving taxpayer dollars to abortion providers and their affiliates. That law went into effect on September 1. Planned Parenthood was given a sweetheart deal on rent for its east Austin clinic by the city. The rent was set at $1 per year. Senate Bill 22 was partially in response to that deal.

This action by the Austin City Council is being called a political stunt by opponents. Donna Campbell, the Texas State Senator who is the primary author of Senate Bill 22, said she will be working with the Texas State Attorney General on this development. Campbell is an emergency room physician.

The pro-abortion crowd denies that the City Council’s vote was about Senate Bill 22. It’s a “creative way” for those seeking abortions to have access, you see. It’s a decision based on what the community “needs”.

Aimee Arrambide, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, said the funding isn’t a response to SB 22, rather a creative way for Austin to make sure its community has access to abortion healthcare.

“It’s more a direct response to the combination of abortion bans that have been passed throughout the year and the abortion bans sweeping the country rather than being a direct result of SB 22,” Arrambide said.

The City Council worked with Arrambide and other leaders of abortion-rights organizations following abortion bans in states including Georgia and Alabama. The coalition suggested funding incidental costs through organizations who help women gain access to the procedure since it doesn’t interfere with state laws.

“I don’t make decisions based on what the Legislature wants, I make decisions based on what our community needs,” said Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza, who led the amendment along with Council Member Gregorio Casar.

This is the trend. Pro-abortion advocates are looking for ways to undo legislative actions in individual states, usually red states. I have written about this twice over the course of last summer. In June, I wrote about a Michigan hotel that offered free lodging to women traveling from out of state for an abortion. In August it was pre-paid gas cards issued by an abortion group to women so they could drive to an abortion provider. The Austin City Council upped the game and successfully voted to spend tax money to help women obtain abortions. Look for other liberal cities to follow.

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Politifact “Fact Checks” Trump’s Comments on Northam and Abortion, Again Proving Fact Checkers Need Fact Checking

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That Politifact and mainstream media news outlets alike have inaccurately “fact checked” President Trump’s comments on Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s ghoulish abortion position is not new news, but the issue came up again during Trump’s visit to Fayetteville, NC Monday night before Tuesday’s special election where he again talked about the Governor’s extreme position.

Here is what Trump said:

Last night, Trump described Northam as having said, “after the baby was born, the doctor will talk to the mother and make a decision about whether the baby lives.” Unlike some of Trump’s past references to the comments — in which he described Northam as having endorsed allowing doctors to “execute” babies — this summary is fairly accurate. Given the context of the governor’s response, it’s abundantly clear that he condoned permitting at least some infants to die after birth if they were meant to have been aborted a few minutes earlier.

Trump’s claim is indeed consistent with Northam’s postion. Here’s Northam’s actual quote from the January WTOP interview, with bolded emphasis added:

When we talk about third trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of the mother, with the consent of the physician. More than one physician, by the way. And its done in case where there may be severe deformities, where there may be a fetus that is non-viable.

So, in this particular example, if a mother is in labor I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.

Here’s the video clip of him discussing his position:

Seems clear cut, right? Not so much to the geniuses at Politifact, who re-upped their February fact check Monday night:

After quoting Northam word for word, here’s what they wrote about how Trump characterizing Northam’s position:

Northam, a physician, never said he would sanction the execution of newborns. What he did say during a radio interview is that in rare, late-pregnancy cases when fetuses are nonviable, doctors deliver the baby, keep it comfortable, resuscitate it if the mother wishes, and then have a “discussion” with the mother.

The issue is that Northam declines to say what that discussion would entail. Trump puts words in the governor’s mouth, saying doctors would urge the mother to let them forcibly kill the newborn, which is a felony in Virginia punishable by a long prison sentence or death.

Trump misstates and exaggerates Northam’s words in ways that fan division. Often, that’s enough for us to torch someone’s pants. But Northam left himself open to some interpretation by declining to clarify his confusing remarks.

So we rate Trump’s statement False.

Unbelievable.

You simply cannot trust “official” fact checkers when it comes to Democrats. They might get one right once in a blue moon, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.

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Rogue Democrat: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Tells Dave Rubin She Supports Third Trimester Abortion Restrictions

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks during the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has made it clear during her run for president that she is not afraid to ruffle a few feathers and buck the Democratic establishment in order to shake things up in the race for the nomination for president.

As Brandon Morse noted yesterday, she’s come out against impeaching President Trump, a position that is at odds with a growing number of her Democratic colleagues in Congress. Impeachment, she noted in an interview with Greta Van Susteren, would “tear our country apart.”

Gabbard also sat down this week with Dave Rubin to talk about a wide range of issues. One topic of particular interest was the issue of abortion and how far left the Democratic party has gone:

…Gabbard agreed that abortion should not be legal during the third trimester unless a medical emergency necessitated it. Though she tends to think of abortion as a “libertarian” would, she disagrees with the Democratic Party’s mantra that there should be open, easy access to abortions any time and any place.

“I think that there should be some restrictions,” she said. When asked what her “cutoff point” would be, Gabbard replied, “I think the third trimester. Unless a woman’s life or severe health consequences is at risk, then there shouldn’t be an abortion in the third trimester.”

Gabbard also stated during the interview that abortion is not an option she would choose for herself:

“You know, for me personally, I would not make that choice for myself. But I don’t believe I should be telling anybody else the kinds of decisions they should make for themselves or for their family.”

Watch the abortion segment of the interview below:

Gabbard’s position on abortion restrictions in the third trimester, which is a view most Americans across the political spectrum share, will now make her even more of an outcast and extremist within her own party.

This in spite of the fact that she stands with them on the vast majority of issues related to abortion and so-called “abortion care.” This in spite of the fact that it is actually their position, which goes so far as to advocate for post-birth abortion, that is extreme.

“It’s sad that we’re at a point where we have to praise the sole Democratic candidate who’s willing to regulate some abortions late in pregnancy, but good for Tulsi,” tweeted pro-life writer Alexandra DeSanctis. “I hope she doesn’t back down when the pro-abortion mob comes for her.”

Indeed.

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It’s Not a Right, Democrats

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Americans have God-given rights that are outlined conveniently in a document appropriately called the “Bill of Rights.” It’s a list that essentially tells the government that it cannot deprive an American citizen of certain things or oblige certain things unless a strict set of requirements are met that allows a government body to deprive or take away said right.

It’s a pretty simple document to follow and is pretty clear about what is and isn’t a right. According to the left, however, everything that their voting base wants, no matter how picayune, is a right.

Abortion? That’s a right. Education, even into college? That’s a right too. Migrating here illegally? Also a right. Sen. Bernie Sanders alone seems to come up with a new right every day and throws them around like Oprah giving out free cars.

Then we have failed Texas Senate candidate and failing 2020 Presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke who is telling everyone that it’s a right to be able to live close to your work.

Just real fast, let’s take a look at what rights we have in the Bill of Rights.

I’m seeing the right to free speech and to practice whatever religion I please. I’m seeing the right to own a firearm and protection from being unreasonably searched, as well as due process.

What I’m not seeing is the right to an abortion or higher education. I’m definitely not seeing the right to live in or around a rich neighborhood when I’m not rich myself.

What rights we have are outlined clearly. Some things may be legal, but that does not make them rights. For instance, you can legally get an abortion, but you have no right to it. If a state wants to ban abortions, they can do that. However, a state cannot tell its residents that it can’t have a gun. They can complicate and restrict it, but they can’t ban ownership.

This is the important thing to remember about rights. They’re a boundry for the government. It says the government cannot interfere or hamper the listed right and if and when a citizen needs to practice any given right, the government will oblige whether it likes it or not.

In short, you cannot force the government to provide you with a place next to Rich Uncle Pennybags. It can legally provide you with one under various circumstances, but that doesn’t make it a right.

So why are they saying these things are rights when they’re not? It’s multiple reasons.

The first is that they believe they can get away with it because they’re pretty sure you haven’t read the bill of rights yourself, or they’re relying on the fact that you think they know how the Constitution works better than you do. In other words, they’re banking on ignorance they hope you have.

I advise going through the Constitution. It’s an easy read.

The second reason is that they’re hoping you’ll buy their “it’s a right” talk in order to convince you that they’re going to provide things that are being denied to you by those people, and “those people” can be whichever boogie man they need at the time. In O’Rourke’s video, you can see the role of the villain is played by “the rich.”

So he wants you to believe that he’ll force the rich to back down from blocking your right to having a house near them. The truth is that the rich can’t stop you from practicing your right to have a house next to them because you don’t have a right to have a house next to them in the first place.

It sure does sound heroic of him, though, doesn’t it? Almost as if he’s willing to fight for the little guy.

And that brings me to reason three of why he’s telling you it’s a right. He wants you to believe he’s a man of good character who will stand up for the underprivileged. In fact, it’s a common thing among Democrats be it Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders. They pretend to be champions of the downtrodden.

They’re not. Sanders is a rich man who owns multiple homes despite his supposed love of socialism. Warren is an elitist whose lifestyle is far removed from the people she claims to be one with. O’Rourke actually has a history of screwing over the poor and taking their property away via eminent domain.

For a guy who says living somewhere is a right, he sure seems willing to take it away from you if it’s beneficial to him.

Look into what Democrats are promising you and you may be surprised with how much they’re lying to you. If you’re a little insulted, you have the right to be angry and give voice to that anger. I encourage it.

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