Following up on her strong statements calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, Carly Fiorina's stop at Carolina Pregnancy Center last Thursday made her the fifth Republican presidential candidate to visit the center over the past year.
After accompanying a mother 17 weeks into her pregnancy for an ultrasound, Fiorina continued to build her conservative platform on the sanctity of life with a short address from the center's foyer. She joins Jeb Bush and former candidate Scott Walker, who have each visited the center in the past two months.
"The character of this nation cannot be about butchery of babies for body parts," Fiorina said, according to coverage at NewsMax.com.
"Liberals and progressives will spend inordinate amounts of time and money protecting fish, frogs and flies. They do not think a 17-week-old, a 20-week-old, a 24-week-old is worth saving. This, ladies and gentlemen, is hypocrisy, and it goes to the core of the character of our nation."
After challenging Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama to watch the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress that detail Planned Parenthood's complicity in the for-profit sale of body parts harvested from aborted babies in the Republican debate Sept. 16, Fiorina has continued her outspoken tenor.
During Sunday's appearance on Meet the Press, Fiorina called for Republican members of Congress to stand firm on their commitment to defund Planned Parenthood, even if it means forcing Democrats to shut down the government over their refusal to redirect funds from the abortion giant to Federally Qualified Health Centers.
"If (Democrats) are willing to stand up and defend this practice and shut down the government over it, then let them explain it to the American people. Let them explain it," Fiorina said.
"Do you know what I find amazing? The hypocrisy of Democrats who will stand up and oppose ever time, say, taxpayer funding for pregnancy centers that are also very much focused on women's health. But no, Democrats don't want taxpayer support for pregnancy centers. I just visited one in South Carolina, they are all privately funded. This is hypocrisy."
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Meanwhile, Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D., president of Heartbeat International, hailed the recent flurry of visits by politicians to pregnancy centers as a positive development in the pro-life conversation.
"If we truly want to move toward a culture of life in the United States, we need to continue to point women and families to where they can find compassionate, practical help," Hartshorn said. "Pregnancy help centers and medical clinics like this one in South Carolina set the standard for true compassion and support for women. These centers, as well as maternity homes and nonprofit adoption agencies, personify what it means to be pro-life and pro-family."