September 19, 2015 8:00 pm -


Sarah Kliff at Vox asked Carly Fiorina’s campaign to produce the anti-Planned Parenthood video that showed “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.” This was the claim Fiorina made in the Republican debate.

…when asked for a citation, her campaign replied with a video that isn’t from the Planned Parenthood sting tapes at all — and that still doesn’t show what Fiorina said it did.

Over email, campaign spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores pointed to a one-minute clip from a YouTube account called “Save Babies.” That’s different from the Center for Medical Progress, the group behind the sting videos. At the time, the video had accrued just over 800 views.

…the real divide here isn’t about what Fiorina saw. It’s about abortion. Planned Parenthood workers are comfortable with fetal tissue research because they are comfortable with abortion — they don’t believe a first-trimester fetus to be a living, feeling human being, and so they see the donation of fetal tissue for medical research to be an obvious, unalloyed good. Abortion rights supporters can watch the videos and still believe in a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.