During her remarks, she claimed that a series of undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood have shown “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”. The Hill reported that a CNN/ORC global poll released this past weekend shows that she has 15 percent support among Republican respondents, which is a significant increase from an earlier poll that had her at three percent. The reasons for the next breakdown in communication between the two sides have many facets but the one that’s going to draw all the attention is the question of funding for Planned Parenthood.
Other campaigns have climbed down from similar claims about the videos. Now, the Super PAC that supports Fiorina, CARLY for America, has put out their own video that features Fiorina’s debate comments. The viewer, hearing about the controversy but unaware of the original videos, might think that Fiorina nailed it.
Fiorina’s deputy campaign manager, Sarah Isgur Flores, struck back, saying, “Carly is a cancer survivor and doesn’t need to be lectured on women’s health by anyone“, said “Over their long and factually incorrect letter, Planned Parenthood doesn’t and can’t deny they are butchering babies and selling their organs”.
The Republicans have made it clear in recent years that they are not only opposed to abortion, which they have been for quite some time-they’re increasingly opposed to family planning and contraception.
MSNBC’s Steve Benen – whose wife works at Planned Parenthood – is challenging the video produced by CARLY for America, claiming it was heavily edited and not from footage taken from the Planned Parenthood videos. The point, from their perspective, is that she’s taking a stand against abortion and funding for Planned Parenthood – and that she’s not backing down in the face of criticism from abortion rights groups and media outlets. “This fraudulent video is beneath a serious candidate for the presidency, and you should take it down immediately”, Laguens added. No such video of a Planned Parenthood abortion has ever been shown to exist. Fiorina was wrong on some details of the videos.
At publishing time, Carly Fiorina’s campaign had not responded to Yahoo Health’s request for comment.
She said, “Interestingly, no one has denied that babies are being butchered for their body parts at Planned Parenthood clinics and elsewhere”. The next day, Fiorina again said she saw the video, which does not exist. Then he argues that critics are missing the larger point. Several chimed in at the Federalist, a conservative news site that previously excoriated Neil deGrasse Tyson for misrepresenting a quote from George W. Bush. And I find it fantastic, actually, that all these supposed fact-checkers in the mainstream media claim this doesn’t exist.
A few days later, even a Fox News host tried to get Fiorina to concede “there is no actual footage of the incident” she described.
Jonah Goldberg is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior editor of National Review.
Fiorina has held firm, accusing the press and abortion rights supporters of focusing on the wrong issue. In the clip, O’Donnell describes a scene that allegedly happened while she was staffed at a Planned Parenthood affiliate in regards to fetal tissue procurement. But if Planned Parenthood’s misconduct is really so self-evident, one has to wonder-why is Fiorina trying so hard? “I intend to beat Donald Trump“, she said succinctly, prompting O’Reilly to reply, “Good answer!” and suggest she launch the “Fiorina Factor” if she doesn’t become president.
“I did not think it was realistic when Republicans did not have a majority in the Senate”, Fiorina told reporters. Because anti-choice activists want so badly for it to be true that they’re unwilling to accept the reality that it’s not.