Carly Fiorina on Abortion

Republican primary challenger and former CEO


Planned Parenthood performs late-term partial birth abortion

Parenthood engages in partial birth abortion. Americans find this practice horrific. Most Americans find horrific that Hillary Clinton's position on this is it's not a life until it's born. In a President Fiorina budget, there will not be one dime for Planned Parenthood, although there would be a lot of money for women's health and we will finally pass the pain capable unborn child protection act.
Source: 2016 Fox News Republican Undercard debate in Iowa , Jan 28, 2016

Planned Parenthood is about character, not condoms

Q: What about Planned Parenthood?

FIORINA: I was protested by Planned Parenthood people who were throwing condoms at me. I don't know what that has to do with this. They're trying to distract the American people from the hideous reality that Planned Parenthood is aborting fetuses alive to harvest their brains and other body parts. Planned Parenthood will not and cannot deny this because it is happening and taxpayers are paying for it. This is not about being pro-life or pro-choice. It is certainly not about birth control. It is not even about women's health. It is about the character of our nation.

Q: Do you believe this is still something that Republicans in Congress should force a government shutdown over and have this showdown with the president?

FIORINA: I believe if the president and Democrats are willing to defend what is roughly $500 million to $600 million line item in a budget, then let them explain it to the American people.

Source: Meet the Press 2015 interview moderated by Chuck Todd , Sep 27, 2015

2010: Roe v. Wade is a decided issue; 2015: Overturn it

Q: In 2010, in your Senate race, you called Roe v. Wade a decided issue. You have since said you would work to overturn it. What changed your mind?

FIORINA: Well, we are finding common ground. People's views evolve on all kinds of things. And the American people's views have evolved on this. So let's just take one example. The majority of women, the majority of young people, the majority of Americans now believe that abortion for any reason at all after five months is wrong. Just as they believe that the butchery of live fetuses for body parts is wrong. So I think we ought to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act now. It is good politics. It is also good policy.

Source: Meet the Press 2015 interview moderated by Chuck Todd , Sep 27, 2015

Fund health clinics for non-abortion & alternative services

Q: You want to defund Planned Parenthood. So let's talk about what the organization actually does - 4.4 million health services involving sexual diseases and infections, 3.5 million services in family planning, 935,000 services in cancer screening and prevention, 1.1 million other women's health services, and, yes, 327,000 abortions. I understand that you want to end all abortions, but you're also willing to cut off funding for all those HIV tests and breast exams?

FIORINA: Well, of course not. All of those things are important. Of course we should be funding those things. But I find it fascinating that Democrats will never support taxpayer funding, for example, for a women's health center right next door to a Planned Parenthood that would provide all those same services and also provide women an alternative to abortion.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Sep 20, 2015

GOP should shut government to defund Planned Parenthood

Q: You say that we should defund Planned Parenthood as part of the budget battle, even if that means that we end up with a government shutdown?

A: Something very important has changed since the last government shutdown. What's changed is the Republican Party has historic majorities in the House and we now control the majority in the Senate. A lot of people worked really hard out there in the nation to make that happen. I think people worked hard because they expected a change based on that majority.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Sep 20, 2015

Planned Parenthood harvested organs from living babies

As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch 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 is about the character of our nation, and if we will not stand up in and force President Obama to veto this bill, shame on us.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN , Sep 16, 2015

Ban abortions 20 weeks after fertilization

Fiorina supports the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the life of the mother. In the past she has said that, if given the opportunity, she would vote to overturn Roe v Wade.
Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series , May 4, 2015

Liberals believe in protecting flies, but not human life

Still unknown to many Iowans, Fiorina touted pro-life credentials by slamming liberals in her former home state of California. "Liberals believe that flies are worth protecting, but the life of an unborn child is not," Fiorina said.
Source: Des Moines Register on 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit , Jan 24, 2015

Endorsed as pro-life, fiscal conservative "Mama Grizzly"

In Alaska, the only thing we take more seriously than a grizzly bear is a mama grizzly with cubs to protect. I call the new generation of American women leaders--many of whom I've met on the campaign trail and in the towns and cities of America--mama grizzlies. These are tough, serious, formidable women like Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Susana Martinez of new Mexico, and Carly Fiorina of California. These women are at the forefront of a new wave of strong, confident American women who are positively affecting not just the Republican Party, but America itself. They're building businesses, leading men & women in government--and, while they're at it, raising families.

Carly Fiorina is a sister: a pro-life, fiscal conservative knocking down barriers in blue-state California.

Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p.127-128 , Nov 23, 2010

Exceptions for rape, incest, and maternal endangerment

Politico reports that Boxer has hammered away at Fiorina's stance on abortion during their two previous debates. But observers say she's holding back a bit. That strategy contrasts with her three previous campaigns for the Senate, where she's found success against other conservative Republicans who view abortion similarly to Fiorina.

Boxer charged that Fiorina's stance on abortion is "'a direct threat' to the rights of women in California and the nation," the Los Angeles Times reports. Boxer said, "The most extreme anti-choice groups have found their candidate in Carly Fiorina." Fiorina, who opposes abortion except in the case of rape, incest or when the pregnancy endangers the life of the mother, has said the allegation is a distortion of her position. She told reporters that her opponent was trying to shift voters' attention from more pressing concerns. Fiorina has not explained what actions, if any, she would take in Congress to restrict abortion if elected"

Source: Medical News Today coverage of 2010 CA Senate Debate , Oct 18, 2010

Overturn the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion

One of the sharpest exchanges occurred when the candidates were asked about abortion. "If my opponent's views prevailed, women and doctors would be criminals, they would go to jail. Women would die, like they did before Roe v. Wade," said Boxer, a fierce critic of restrictions on existing abortion rights.

Fiorina reiterated her support for overturning the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, but said, "The most important issue right now in this election is the creation of jobs."

Source: Los Angeles Times coverage of 2010 CA Senate Debate , Sep 2, 2010

Embryonic stem cell research ok if not created for purpose

On Stem-cell research: Fiorina said she felt comfortable allowing federal funding to go to research using adult stem cells, as well as embryos that would have been destroyed otherwise. "It is when embryos are produced for the purposes of destruction, for the purposes of stem cell research that I have a great deal of difficulty," she said. Boxer did not address the question, which was directed to Fiorina.
Source: Los Angeles Times coverage of 2010 CA Senate Debate , Sep 2, 2010

Sanctity of life, except in the case of rape and incest

Q: You oppose abortion, except in the case of rape and incest. Barbara Boxer has made choice a big issue in prior elections. And we've looked at the polls. Most Californians agree with her.

A: But you know, most Californians disagree with Barbara Boxer's extreme views. She believes in taxpayer funding for partial birth abortions. Most Californians don't agree with that. And yes, there are Californians who disagree with me on the sanctity of life. But the vast majority of Californians also say that the issue in this election is jobs, and the issue in this election is out-of-control government spending, out-of-control debt, out-of- control regulations and out-of-control taxation.

Source: 2010 Fox News interview with Chris Wallace , Jun 13, 2010

Opposes both federal abortion funding & judicial activism.

Fiorina opposes the CC survey questions on abortion & strict interpretation

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q1 on Aug 11, 2010

Opposes prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research.

Fiorina opposes the CC survey question on banning stem-cell research

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research". [Supporting this statement means the candidate would ban such research; opposing it means the candidate would allow such research].

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q1a on Aug 11, 2010

Supports giving legal protection to unborn children.

Fiorina supports the F2A survey question on abortion

Faith2Action.org is "the nation's largest network of pro-family groups." They provide election resources for each state, including Voter Guides and Congressional Scorecards excerpted here. The Faith2Action survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Giving legal protection to unborn children '

Source: Faith2Action Survey 10-FF-q1 on Sep 19, 2010

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