John McCormick of the Weekly Standard cornered several Dem politicos after the vote to ask if they had even seen the horrific footage prior to voting to continue the carnage.
“I have not seen them,” Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire
“I'm sorry, what's your name?” asked Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii in response to a simple yes-or-no question. “Can you call my comms director?”
“I have not seen them, no,” Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.
As New York senator Chuck Schumer (pictured) stepped into a senators-only elevator, he was asked the same yes-or-no question. “Shut the door,” Schumer told an aide.
Only one Democratic senator, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, told me that she had seen any of the videos. McCaskill agreed that the videos were disturbing, but she added that “that's not the point. The point is to prevent abortions by making sure that women can get birth control.”
Thus, she missed the point entirely. The Weekly Standard story is here.
Democratic presidential icon Hillary Clinton called the videos “disturbing” last week, but released a video today in which she proclaimed she was proud to stand with Planned Parenthood. It's not clear if Clinton has actually seen any of the undercover videos.
The Planned Parenthood bill needed 60 votes to advance, but it received 53 votes on Monday night. Republicans really only require 5 votes to advance the measure because Mitch McConnell voted against it for procedural reasons (a “no” vote allows him to bring the bill up again).
Thus, the issue lives to fight another day. Hopefully, more unborn children will be able to say the same.
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Thank you Shirley Ann Smith Rhodes you said it so well.