So what does Harold Ford Jr. really believe about abortion? Is he a supporter of women’s reproductive choices all
the time or he is just another fair-weathered friend, for example claiming to
be "pro-life" when running for office in Tennessee but now saying he’s "always"
been pro-life. More important, what kind of politician would he be if somehow
he beat current New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in a Democratic primary and
then managed actually win the election? While after meeting with New York NARAL’s
executive director Kelli Conlin, there is a phrase for Ford – he’s neither pro-choice
Pro-choice group NARAL’s leader Kelli
Conlin emerged from a 40 minute meeting with Harold Ford Jr. making clear that he is not pro-life – but said she also doesn’t consider him
"No, I do not," Conlin, who’s
backing his rival, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, told reporters after sitting down
with the likely Senate hopeful, saying she considers the phrase to apply to
While she made clear she doesn’t consider him "anti-choice" – which had become a perception that some felt Conlin had – she said "pro-choice" is an all-in concept.
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And she took issue with Ford’s support
– as a Tennessee congressman, and recently professed – for a ban on late-term abortions and a parental-notification requirement.
It is true
that it’s hard to call yourself pro-choice if you are okay with limiting choice
in "some" scenarios, for some women, at some times. Ford recently took the heat
Colbert over his "choice."
Colbert gigged Ford over his changing
views. "Did you change from not pro-choice to pro-choice?" he asked. "Was that
Ford said he was trying to use the
political language differently in Tennessee, wanting to expand the definition
of "pro-life" to apply to other issues, such as health care and veterans’
On gay marriage, Ford said he simply
changed his mind.
"Over the last few years I’ve come to a
different opinion, and I’m for marriage equality," Ford said. "If you’re for
politicians who are static in thinking, I’m not your guy."
true. Harold Ford certainly can’t be counted on for consistency in his thinking
In Other News: The woman who shot Dr.
George Tiller in the arms, Shelley Shannon, sent an email warning
of more violence directed at abortion clinics and those that work in them.
In her e-mail, Shannon said the judge
had been influenced by media and abortion rights activists who said that if
Roeder had been allowed to use that defense more abortion doctors would be
"Abortionists are killed because
they are serial murderers of innocent children who must be stopped, and they
will continue to be stopped, even though Scott didn’t get a fair trial,"
she wrote. "May God bless Scott for his faithfulness and brave actions and
Roeder has also alluded there would be
more violence against abortion providers.
"I know there are many other
similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains
legal," he told the AP just days after his arrest.
FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said
Shannon’s e-mail was not specific enough to require investigation.
Speaking of warnings, Sen. Al Franken warns that the Roberts Court, having
proven stare decisis doesn’t mean much to the conservative members of the court,
be happy to rule against Roe.
February 3, 2010
Out of touch with pro-choice views Chicago Daily
Abortion ads could
be First Amendment victory Chicago Tribune
Sex-obsessed Church must deal with
its own sins WalesOnline
February 2, 2010
Abstinence programs effective, new
study shows Catholic Culture
Girls bank on Saturday pills Times of India
The Truth About CBS: C-hoice,
B-ias, and the S-uper Bowl Huffington Post
Stephen Colbert faces off with
Harold Ford Jr. over beliefs Memphis Commercial Appeal
Franken warns Roe v. Wade may be in
danger Minneapolis Star Tribune
When Pro-Life People
Kill Houston Chronicle
Oh No! Abstinence works?
Pro-life groups voice concern about
new Ellaone ’emergency contraceptive’ Catholic News
The Great Abstinence Debate New York Times
Abstinence-only study could alter
sex-education landscape Christian Science Monitor