The biggest campaign news on reproductive rights this week continued to be Carly Fiorina, who doubled down on the biggest lie she has told so far.
Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rick Santorum called to strip Planned Parenthood of all funding at the annual Values Voter Summit.
Marco Rubio came out and said that Planned Parenthood is trying to push unsuspecting women into abortion to profit off them. At this point, it’s clear that we’re dealing with a full-fledged conspiracy theory.
It’s no surprise that Planned Parenthood came up at the GOP debate, but the substance of that debate was less about Planned Parenthood and more about whether abortion should be legal in the United States at all.
Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), for example, was not “chilled” enough by the video to do anything about it when he first saw it at least a month earlier than it was released to the public, as he admitted to Roll Call.
Both possible 2016 presidential contenders said changes to immigration law should focus less on family ties and more on economic factors.
Even in front of this red-meat-friendly audience, references to abortion rights by presidential hopefuls were mostly passing and routine.
Last year, Republican senators, led by far-right ideologues Michael Farris and Rick Santorum, defeated ratification of a UN treaty based on the Americans With Disabilities Act. Will they succeed again this year?
With a potentially tough Republican primary ahead of him, Sen. Lindsey Graham took the lead on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization—after Sen. Marco Rubio turned down the opportunity.
In an apparent attempt to make amends with right-wing kingmakers for his support of immigration reform, the Senator is jumping into the “war on women.”