Facebook Censored Videos Exposing Planned Parenthood Sales of Body Parts in Trending Topics

On the first Sunday morning political talk shows since the Facebook trending topics scandal broke, the major network Sunday shows and CNN’s State of the Union (with NBC’s Meet the Press preempted for a Barclay’s Premiere League game) failed to cover or debate this reported suppression of conservative stories by the social media behemoth.

Meanwhile, both of the news media-centric shows (CNN’s Reliable Sources and FNC’s MediaBuzz) devoted segments to the scandal that the tech site Gizmodo exposed on Monday morning.

Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter reserved a full segment to discuss what he deemed was something that “should alarm and impact everyone in media, despite your political persuasion” since, in his mind, Facebook has become “the most powerful name in news.”

As for why, he explained it’s “[n]ot because Facebook does any actual reporting, it doesn’t, but because it is the single biggest social network on the planet, growing bigger every day” and “where hundreds of millions of people see lots of links to news.”

Stelter noted the pushback from Facebook and particularly a post from founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg from late Thursday night before welcoming on Kelly McBride of the Ponyter Institute and The Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway (who was given the inaugural Noel Sheppard Media Blogger of the Year Award last year). (Read more from “Facebook Censored Videos Exposing Planned Parenthood Sales of Body Parts in Trending Topics” HERE)

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This State Just Passed a Bill to Permanently Defund Planned Parenthood

maxresdefaultThe state of Kansas is likely to permanently prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving federal family planning funds administered within the state.

A bill to prevent the abortion provider from accessing that revenue stream passed both houses of the state legislature: 87-34 in the House and 32-8 in the state Senate.

Although such funds have been cut off by annual budgets dating back to 2011, the new measure would make the prohibition an ongoing state policy not requiring annual reauthorization.

A second bill also approved on Sunday night would make it illegal for midwives “to perform, induce or prescribe drugs for an abortion.” It passed the Senate unanimously, 40-0, and cleared the House by a vote of 115-7.

Some had said the prohibition was unnecessary, since midwives do not usually perform abortions. However, Kansans for Life noted legal language that could be interpreted as giving midwives such ability. Current state law defines a midwife as someone who provides services “associated with a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy.” (Read more from “This State Just Passed a Bill to Permanently Defund Planned Parenthood” HERE)

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Planned Parenthood Faces Intense Criticism After Tweet Claiming Expose’ Videos Were Fake

maxresdefaultFirst, Planned Parenthood’s CEO apologized for the undercover videos exposing its trafficking of aborted baby body parts. Then it backtracked and claimed the videos were “heavily edited.” Now, it’s saying the videos were entirely “faked.”

The undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress have damaged the abortion giant’s already shady reputation. Since last summer, CMP has released a dozen undercover videos showing various Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sale of aborted babies body parts. These videos have prompted numerous state and federal investigations, as well as efforts to ban the sale of aborted babies’ body parts and end taxpayer funding to the abortion chain.

Planned Parenthood has been trying without success to discredit the videos. Several forensic analyses of the undercover videos, including one by Planned Parenthood, found no “widespread evidence of substantive video manipulation,” LifeNews reported.

Perhaps the abortion group hopes people have forgotten the results of these forensic analyses. A report on Twitchy points out how the abortion business recently published a series of tweets describing the undercover videos as “fake”: . . .

But followers on Twitter did not let Planned Parenthood get away with it:

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Report: Planned Parenthood Organ Sales Are ‘Pure Profit’

maxresdefault (95)Planned Parenthood abortion clinics profit from the sale of aborted baby organs, according to new documents released by a congressional committee investigating the organization’s practices.

The U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives released a preview of its findings after a months-long review of internal documents obtained from the nation’s top abortionist, as well as organ procurement companies and buyers. The panel concluded that abortion clinics incur no additional costs in harvesting organs obtained from an already-aborted baby and that the sale or transfer of those organs represented “pure profit” for the clinic.

“The [abortion clinic] has no costs so the payments from the [procurement business] to the [abortion clinic] are pure profit,” the report concludes. “All costs are born by the [procurement business] or the customer. The payments from the customer to the PB exceed its cost by a factor of 300 to 400 percent.”

Pro-life activists said those practices run counter to federal law, which bars clinics from profiting off of the sale of baby body parts.

“The abortion industry sells baby hearts, livers, brains, hands and other organs procured by a middleman company inside their facilities at no cost or effort to the facilities themselves. The facility receives upfront fees that can amount to five-figure sums every month and then the procurement companies resell organs for tens of thousands more—depending on the child’s characteristics,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said in a release. “The documents make clear there is absolutely no cost to the abortion clinic so that all monies received go to their bottom line.” (Read more from “Report: Planned Parenthood Organ Sales Are ‘Pure Profit'” HERE)

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California Authorities Raid Home of Pro-Life Videographer

Investigators with the California Department of Justice on Tuesday raided the home of David Daleiden, the anti-abortion activist behind a series of undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood, the activist said.

Authorities seized a laptop and multiple hard drives from his Orange County apartment, Daleiden said in an email. The equipment contained all of the video Daleiden had filmed as part of his 30-month project, “including some very damning footage that has yet to be released to the public,” he said.

A spokeswoman for California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) said she could not comment on an ongoing investigation. But the raid confirms that California is among the states looking into possible criminal activity on the part of Daleiden and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress, which have been the center of controversy since releasing videos purporting to show that Planned Parenthood illegally sells fetal tissue for a profit.

Planned Parenthood has denied the allegations, and numerous state investigations have so far turned up no evidence of wrongdoing by the group. However, a Houston grand jury earlier this year indicted Daleiden in connection with fake driver’s licenses he used to gain access to Planned Parenthood facilities and abortion provider conferences. (Read more from “California Authorities Raid Home of Pro-Life Videographer” HERE)

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Left-Wing Activists Wage War on Parental Rights

Here are the key provisions that have drawn the most attention:

1) First, SB 89 requires local school boards to adopt policies that recognize a parent’s inherent authority to withdraw their children from tests or assessments that they find objectionable; and to allow parents to withdraw their child from any activity, class or program that instructs on human reproduction or sexual matters, or which inquires into personal or private family affairs of the student that are not a matter of public record.

2) Second, if a school plans to offer instruction dealing with human reproduction or sexual matters (i.e., sex education courses), then the parent must be provided at least two weeks notice, and the signed consent of the parent is required before the student may participate in such instruction.

3) Third, SB 89 states that an “abortion services provider” may not offer course materials or teach sex education programs in the public schools.

Planned Parenthood is lobbying furiously against the bill, arguing that SB 89 is designed to “target” them specifically, and further arguing that it will prevent students from receiving sex education. In reality, the bill’s language speaks for itself: entities that are making money by performing abortions ought not to be given a free, taxpayer-funded venue for promoting their services in front of impressionable young people. That applies not only to Planned Parenthood, but also to other abortion facilities and their employees. As Senator Dunleavy put it, “We’re not outlawing abortion service providers; we’re saying, ‘Take it out of the school.’”

For most of us, that’s just common sense. But Planned Parenthood, which makes more money from doing abortions than any other entity in the world, apparently has a sense of entitlement. Planned Parenthood thinks they’re entitled to be teaching your child about sex, and peddling their “services” to your child, in the public school that you pay for. Here’s reality: there are dozens of options that schools have for teaching about human sexuality that don’t involve giving free advertising to America’s No. 1 abortion business. There is nothing in SB 89 that disallows schools from offering sex education programs – provided they have the permission of parents to do so.

But Planned Parenthood isn’t the only entity opposing this bill. The public school bureaucracy is also launching salvos against SB 89. They claim it would just be way too burdensome to obtain the parent’s written consent before students can participate in a sex education class. This is nonsense. Schools obtain parental consent for all sorts of things – most notably field trips. As just one example, click here to see the parental consent form that Alaska’s largest school district requires before students can go on a field trip.

Guess how many times this form is filled out every year and collected by school staff? Well, the Anchorage School District website says that, “The Transportation Department dispatches approximately 6,000 field and activity trips annually.” You do the math – how many students on average attend each field trip, and then multiply that by thousands. The notion that this couldn’t easily be done for the infrequent sex education class is ludicrous. Let’s translate what the public school bureaucracy is really saying: “We don’t want to lift a finger to help protect the rights of the parents – the same parents who happen to pay our salaries.” If you’re not infuriated by that attitude, you should be.

Click HERE to see what Planned Parenthood is already teaching your kids. Caution – It’s a graphic but eye opening look at what the largest abortion provider in America is doing in public schools today.

My friends, it’s time to saddle up and defend Senate Bill 89. Senator Dunleavy has shown tremendous leadership in advancing this idea, but now the progressive left has simply come unhinged. Don’t let them get away with their “Indiana-style tactics” for demonizing a perfectly reasonable, perfectly common sense bill.

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Don’t Be Fooled. The Law Didn’t Require This Texas DA to Slap the Planned Parenthood Sting Videographers With Felonies

David Daleiden and Susan Merritt’s sting videos revealed that Planned Parenthood was likely committing felonies at the Gulf Coast Planned Parenthood in Houston by selling fetal body parts for profit. But the Harris County District Attorney, Devon Anderson, brought charges not against Planned Parenthood but against Daleiden, Merritt and their Center for Medical Progress.

The move raised more than a few eyebrows, and Anderson, elected in 2014 with the endorsement of Texas Right to Life, has now released a short video insisting that she and the grand jury were driven to issue the draconian charges by the strictures of law and ethics. If you don’t have a background in the law, her explanation sounds persuasive. But I do have such a background, and while we may never know what motivated the DA, rest assured that neither the law nor ethics made such a move inevitable. Far from it.

Recall what Daleiden and Merritt’s investigation uncovered: Melissa Farrell, Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, admits in one of the videos that Planned Parenthood is altering their abortion procedures to increase the likelihood of getting intact fetuses to sell. She says, “Yeah, and so if we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget, that any dissections are this — it’s all just a matter of line items.”

In another video, Farrell says to a technician regarding the clinic selling fetal body parts: “Any idea why the other affiliates in Texas think it’s illegal?” She agrees with the undercover videographer that “it’s gold out there” in terms of making money from selling the fetuses. It’s legal to recoup cost; it’s illegal to make a profit over and above costs. And yet AP reports, quoting a Planned Parenthood attorney, that the grand jury may never even have voted on possible criminal charges against Planned Parenthood.

The Misdemeanor Charge

Daleiden has been slapped with both felony and misdemeanor charges. First the misdemeanor charge, which is bizarre in its own right. Daleiden is being charged with a misdemeanor for violating the state’s “prohibition of the purchase and sale of human organs” — the activity he was trying to stop. He faces up to a year for the misdemeanor. He has maintained that his investigative journalism and undercover work complied with all laws.

Daleiden, who says he is the child of a crisis pregnancy, clearly never intended to go through with the sale. He posed as a buyer to do the undercover videos. But there is every reason to believe Planned Parenthood did intend to go through with the sale. As Hans von Spakovsky writes, “A private individual whose only intent is to expose possibly illegal activity is under indictment for actions in connection with an undercover video operation, but the illegal actor itself — Planned Parenthood — is off the hook.” Or as The Federalist’s Sean Davis tweeted, “I’m a little confused here. If PP wasn’t selling anything, how could CMP possibly be buying something?”

Also, if Daleiden can be charged for attempting to purchase fetal body parts, what about those organizations who are actually purchasing them, like StemExpress, whose CEO Daleiden recorded on video discussing the purchases?

The grand jury didn’t even pay attention to the law, Spakovsky points out:

Crucially, the Texas statute also has a clear intent standard: A violation requires the grand jury to find that CMP made its offer to buy “knowingly and intentionally.” Given that the grand jury knew that all of these videos were part of an undercover sting operation intended solely to show what Planned Parenthood was doing; that CMP was not actually in the business of purchasing organs like one of Planned Parenthood’s other partners, StemExpress; and that it was a fake offer, how could the grand jury possibly conclude that this intent standard was met? It is highly likely that no reasonable jury would ever convict under these admittedly unusual factual circumstances.

The Felony Charge

More seriously for them, Daleiden and Merritt also have been charged and indicted for the second-degree felony charge of “tampering with a governmental record,” and are facing up to 20 years in prison for using false drivers’ licenses the pair created.

The grand jury “simply followed the evidence,” Anderson said in her statement. “The defense attorneys also said that the ‘Tampering with a Governmental Record’ cases should not have been charged as a felony since young people who are caught with fake IDs typically face misdemeanor charges. But under Texas Law, if a person uses a fake ID from another state, it is a felony charge. That’s the law.”

All the same, the charges were unnecessary, and overblown. Illegal immigrants are arrested frequently with fake drivers’ licenses and don’t face 20 years in prison. Some aren’t even charged but are merely deported — including for crimes much worse than possessing a fake driver’s license. Illegal immigrants arrested at a meatpacking plant in Iowa a few years ago were allowed to plead “guilty to document-fraud charges rather than risk being convicted at trial of the identity-theft charge.”

Texas Penal Code §521.451 states that possessing a fake or altered drivers’ license is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to 180 days in jail. Prosecutors could have charged the pair with that instead of the felony. The felony law — which is one of the toughest in the nation — was meant to be used against people committing serious crimes of theft or fraud, not to punish investigative journalists.

Anderson argues that she was just following Texas law, which considers the use of fake government ID from another state to be a felony. But prosecutors will often pursue a lesser charge when the biggest charge seems too great for the crime. This is common and accepted legal practice. Even left-wing Mother Jones columnist Kevin Drum, a critic of the Planned Parenthood videos, criticized the indictments:

As much as I dislike what Daleiden did … Texas law seems to make it almost inherently illegal for a reporter or anyone else to try to expose illicit activity. That’s often going to require a solicitation to commit a crime; it’s frequently going to require some kind of bogus ID; and it’s pretty much always done with an intent to harm. But if you put those together, you’ve automatically got a felony, even if the target of your investigation turns out to be a mafia front.

How Could This Happen?

How could undercover journalists get indicted for a crime they didn’t commit — or at least didn’t commit in the way or with the intent the law’s creators had in mind — and a giant non-profit not get indicted for a crime it almost certainly did commit, and in exactly the way the creators of the law had in mind? Complicating matters is that Anderson insists she is pro-life. “Anyone who pays attention knows that I’m pro-life,” she says in her video statement. “I believe abortion is wrong.”

Another challenge is that the grand jury proceedings are mostly a black box, so any explanations at this stage must rest on conjecture and following smoke. But there is smoke.

First, Planned Parenthood reportedly has a cozy relationship with the DA’s office. One of the the prosecutors there, Lauren Reeder, has been very active with Gulf Coast Planned Parenthood, including serving on its board of directors and running fundraising galas. In her video defense, Anderson said that Reeder was a new attorney who would not have been involved in this case and was also one of 300 prosecutors in the office.

There are other connections. In 2013, local abortion doctor Douglas Karpen was reported to be performing illegal late-term abortions. Employees stated that he would kill live babies by snipping their spinal cord or twisting their necks. Even with this strong evidence, the grand jury under Anderson dismissed the charges against him. It didn’t even go to trial despite eyewitness testimony. Investigative blogger Don Hooper reported that Karpen’s attorney, Chip Lewis, was a big contributor ($15,000 of the $283,000 she raised) to Anderson’s campaign for DA.

Indicting a Ham Sandwich

Prosecutors have plenty of ways to manipulate the system. Law professor Glenn Reynolds, who runs the blog Instapundit, has written an article explaining how prosecutors are able to get a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” Part of the problem is “the proliferation of federal criminal statutes and regulations has reached the point where virtually every citizen, knowingly or not (usually not) is potentially at risk for prosecution.” Reynolds explains how prosecutorial discretion is abused:

Attorney General (and later Supreme Court Justice) Robert Jackson once commented: “If the prosecutor is obliged to choose his cases, it follows he can choose his defendants.” This method results in “[t]he most dangerous power of the prosecutor: that he will pick people he thinks he should get, rather than pick cases that need to be prosecuted.” Prosecutors could easily fall prey to the temptation of “picking the man, and then searching the law books . . . to pin some offense on him.”

Reynolds relates another revealing story, this one by journalist Tim Wu, who in 2007 told how “a popular game in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York” was to think of some famous person, such as John Lennon or Mother Teresa, and then decide how you could successfully prosecute the person. Wu continues in his article in Slate:

It would then be up to the junior prosecutors to figure out a plausible crime for which to indict him or her. The crimes were not usually rape, murder, or other crimes you’d see on Law & Order but rather the incredibly broad yet obscure crimes that populate the U.S. Code like a kind of jurisprudential minefield: Crimes like “false statements” (a felony, up to five years), “obstructing the mails” (five years), or “false pretenses on the high seas” (also five years). The trick and the skill lay in finding the more obscure offenses that fit the character of the celebrity and carried the toughest sentences. The, result, however, was inevitable: “prison time.”

So two investigative journalists create fake IDs to do sting video interviews of groups doing heinous and likely felonious things involving the body parts of aborted babies. But, wait, the fake IDs the investigative journalists used were from another state and — voila! — felony time.

So How Did Planned Parenthood Get Off?

It is not clear how Planned Parenthood got around the damaging evidence on the videos. What happened during those grand jury proceedings? We don’t know, because they are secret, though if prosecutorial abuse is bad they can be unsealed. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the organization is still under state investigation by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

The grand jury process may be easily manipulated, but Daleiden and Merritt should have a better chance during the regular jury trial, where everything is out in the open. Their attorneys have asked the DA to drop the charges. The public outcry is not going to stop. The bizarre indictment sounds very similar to previous overreaching indictments of conservatives in Texas by the famously liberal Travis County DA’s office, including the targeting of former House Majority Whip Tom DeLay and the current prosecution of former Texas Governor Rick Perry. (For more from the author of “Don’t Be Fooled. The Law Didn’t Require This Texas DA to Slap the Planned Parenthood Sting Videographers With Felonies” please click HERE)

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Planned Parenthood Houston Admits Accounting Gimmicks Hide Baby Parts Sales, Invoices Charge Thousands of Dollars [+video]

A new video at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and newly-released documents from a Texas Public Information Act request show how Planned Parenthood used accounting gimmicks to hide its illegal sale of fetal tissue.

The video highlights previously overlooked footage from the April 9, 2015 site visit of investigative journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt from The Center for Medical Progress to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s abortion center in Houston. The site visit took place with PPGC Director of Research Melissa Farrell, who has overseen the organization’s fetal tissue supply program since 2006.

“We had two levels of invoicing for them. We had it worded as ‘per consent,’” explains Farrell as she describes a previous fetal tissue deal that took place at PPGC. Farrell indicates that “per consent” is the phrase used in PPGC budgeting in place of “per specimen” for fetal tissue.

Farrell is aware that while a patient may consent to supply fetal tissue, the specimen itself may not be useable for experimentation: “There’s probably some situations where somebody would consent and then just not, we didn’t get a sample, or she changed her mind, or something happened to the specimen.”

Addressing this dilemma, Daleiden says: “Now obviously, we don’t want to end up paying for material that we can’t use,” and suggests that there be a line item fee of “something else that represents the specimens.” “Obviously,” Farrell agrees, “Yep. Yeah.”

“I just don’t want it to turn into a situation that is not financially beneficial for you,” says Merritt. “Yeah, yeah. And we’ll, I’ll take you up on that. I’ll take you up on that. I’ll take you up on that,” Farrell repeats three times, laughing, and continues, “We definitely want to do that, because that’s what staff and management need to see.”

The video also includes footage of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast CEO Melaney Linton advising that Farrell will “work on all of that with you” when it comes to “remuneration” and “compensation” for fetal tissue. Farrell told Daleiden and Merritt during lunch that her department “contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization here.”

The system of accounting gimmicks and dual invoicing for “consent” payments in place of fetal specimens that Melissa Farrell describes in the video bears a striking resemblance to invoices submitted by Farrell on behalf of PPGC to the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2010 and 2011. In these documents, obtained through a Public Information Act request, two PPGC invoices for the exact same billing period charge $25 per “Consents obtained,” with a total quantity of 32, and in the same time period charges $150 per “Consent payment” for a smaller quantity of 25. This is consistent with a scheme where Planned Parenthood charged $25 to consent abortion patients to supply fetal tissue, and then charged another $150 for each usable fetal specimen that UTMB could procure.

The total billing from Planned Parenthood for this tissue procurement was over $8,000. The sale, offer to sell, or transfer of human fetal tissue for valuable consideration is a crime under Texas Penal Code 48.02. Planned Parenthood is currently under investigation by the Texas Attorney General’s Office, the Texas Department of Health, and the U.S. Congress for violations relating to its treatment of aborted infants and aborted body parts sales.

“The evidence that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast charged exorbitant amounts of taxpayer money in exchange for fetal specimens that it provided at nearly zero cost is overwhelming,” notes David Daleiden, CMP Project Lead. “Governor Abbott and Attorney General Paxton need to send a strong message that Houston’s children are not for sale, and they must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to hold Planned Parenthood accountable to the law.” (For more from the author of “Planned Parenthood Houston Admits Accounting Gimmicks Hide Baby Parts Sales, Invoices Charge Thousands of Dollars” please click HERE)

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Grand Jury in Texas Indicts Activists Behind Planned Parenthood Videos

A Houston grand jury investigating criminal allegations against Planned Parenthood stemming from a series of undercover videos on Monday instead indicted two of the [pro-life] activists who shot the footage.

In a stunning turn of events, the grand jury declined to indict officials from the abortion provider, and instead handed up a felony charges of tampering with a government record against Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden and center employee Sandra Merritt. Daleidon was also charged with a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs.

“We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast,” Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case.”

The case sprang from a series of dramatic undercover videos in which Center for Medical Progress employees posed as prospective buyers of fetal tissue, and captured several employees of Planned Parenthood and its contractors appearing to discuss practices banned by law. However, when the videos were released online last year, Planned Parenthood claimed selective editing had created a misperception.

Anderson didn’t provide details on the charges, including what record or records were allegedly tampered with and why Daleiden faces a charge related to buying human organs. Anderson’s office said it could not provide details until the documents charging Daleiden and Merritt were formally made public. (Read more from “Grand Jury in Texas Indicts Activists Behind Planned Parenthood Videos” HERE)

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John McCain Shamefully Says He Would Vote for Planned Parenthood Funding

The Republican Party in the largest county in Arizona will not endorse John McCain, in part because he said he would be willing to vote to fund Planned Parenthood.

The Maricopa County Republican Party endorsed “anybody but McCain” on Saturday by a vote of 921-to-582.

County Chairman Tyler Bowler said “many activists” expressed their view that “Senator McCain’s recent vote to increase the national debt to more than $20 trillion, while fully funding Planned Parenthood, was a clear message that he is more inclined to choose President Obama and Harry Reid over the will of the Arizona voters in order to retain his D.C. Establishment power.” McCain has voted to raise the debt ceiling about half of the times the option has come before the Senate . . .

McCain’s mixed, moderate record is increasingly out-of-step in the socially conservative Arizona GOP.

After the Center for Medical Progress released undercover footage showing national figures in the abortion industry haggling over the prices of aborted babies’ body parts, Sen. McCain became an original co-sponsor of a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. “The appalling footage that has been released over the last several weeks has made it abundantly clear that taxpayers should not be forced to pay for such disturbing activities,” he said last July. “It is long past time we stop sending American tax dollars to this scandal-plagued group and start doing more to protect the health and well-being of women, mothers, and their families.” (Read more from “John McCain Shamefully Says He Would Vote for Planned Parenthood Funding” HERE)

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