Abortion

CBS Poll: 55% of Americans Support Restrictions or Ban on Abortion

A new CBS poll released Monday found 55 percent of Americans support either restrictions on abortion or a ban on the procedure entirely. The telephone poll surveyed the views of 1,309 Americans, including 454 Democrats, 331 Republicans, and 524 independents. The results indicated that, while 43 percent of participants said abortion should be “generally available,” 55 percent said the procedure should be restricted or completely banned, including 31 percent who said it should be “available but under limits,” and 24 percent who said it “should not be permitted” at all. With political party as a factor, only 20 percent of Republicans said abortion should be “generally available,” while 66 percent of Democrats and 39 percent of independents said the same. On the issue of abortion restrictions, 44 percent of Republicans, 21 percent of Democrats, and 31 percent of independents agreed with limits on the procedure. A ban on abortion was seen favorably by 35 percent of Republicans, 12 percent of Democrats, and 27 percent of independents. Thus, 79 percent of Republicans, 33 percent of Democrats, and 58 percent of independents said abortion should be restricted or banned. According to CBS, interviews for the poll were “conducted in English and Spanish” and the data “have been weighted to reflect U.S. Census figures on demographic variables.” The margin of error for the entire sample is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, but CBS said that figure could be higher for subgroups. Polling in recent years has shown Americans do not support unrestricted abortion, and that the label “pro-choice” does not automatically mean a person supports unlimited abortion. A Marist poll released in January found most Americans reject the 1973 ruling that created a right to abortion. According to the poll, which was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, 62 percent of Americans say that if the Supreme Court revisits Roe v. Wade, it should rule to allow states to determine abortion restrictions (46%) or make abortion illegal (16%). This outcome included 39 percent of those who identify as Democrat and 40 percent of those who consider themselves “pro-choice.” Only 33 percent of Americans said abortion should be legal at any time without restriction. The poll found 41 percent of those who identify as pro-choice are more likely to vote for candidates who support abortion restrictions, as are more than nine in ten, or 96 percent, of those who identify as pro-life. Additionally, 65 percent of Americans, and the same percentage of registered voters, said they “are more likely to vote for” candidates who would limit abortion to at most the first three months of pregnancy. This outcome included 88 percent of Republicans, 62 percent of independents, and 44 percent of Democrats. “What our polling makes clear is that millions of Americans describe themselves as ‘pro-choice’ because they believe in some choice, which would include life of the mother, rape, and incest as examples, but very few agree with abortion throughout pregnancy,” said Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson in an interview with Breitbart News at the March for Life in Washington, DC. “Many of the people who describe themselves as pro-choice are actually in agreement on policy with pro-lifers,” he continued, noting a pattern in the annual poll. “The trend is steady: seven out of ten Americans for a decade want significant restrictions; four out of ten Democrats want significant restrictions.” Similarly, a YouGov survey, published in February 2019, found most Americans who identify as “pro-choice” oppose late-term abortions. The Associated Press reported at the same time as well that 66 percent of adults who identify as pro-choice opposed third-trimester abortions, while 68 percent opposed abortions the day before a baby is born. Among all adults surveyed, 79 percent rejected late-term abortion, and 80 percent opposed day-before-birth abortion. Furthermore, 82 percent of all those surveyed disagreed with withholding medical care for a viable newborn, including 77 percent of pro-choice adults. In June 2019, Gallup reported 60 percent of Americans said abortion should either not be legal at all (21%) or only legal in a few circumstances (39%). A bombshell study released in July 2019 also found that 96 percent of 5,500 biologists who were asked when life begins affirmed that life begins at the time of fertilization. In his doctoral research at the University of Chicago, Steven Jacobs, Ph.D. asked the biologists, who hailed from over a thousand academic institutions in 86 countries, when life begins. Overall, the study found 96 percent of biologists affirmed the view that a human’s life begins at fertilization (95% confidence interval [95-97%]).

As a rule, we try very hard to avoid the whole abortion topic here at The Daily Buzz.  That being said, we felt this piece by Dr. Susan Berry worthy of sharing as it shows that despite liberal CBS’ efforts to skew this poll  (over 100 more Democrats were polled than Republicans, therefore not a fair assessment by any measure), it still netted these results.

Unsealed docs show Planned Parenthood charged $25G for body parts, blood samples within months

Recently-unsealed documents reveal Planned Parenthood charged a biospecimen company nearly $25,000 for fetal tissue and maternal blood samples in 2012, fueling accusations from opponents that the nation’s largest abortion provider violated federal law while exchanging fetal body parts. The invoices were unsealed as part of Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit with David Daleiden, the pro-life journalist whose undercover videos prompted both state and federal calls for investigations. According to the invoices, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte charged StemExpress $55.00 per “POC,” or products of conception — another term for fetal remains — and $10.00 per sample of blood. Three invoices — dated Aug. 2, Sept. 5, and Sept. 28 — show the abortion provider charging $5,860, $11,365, and $7,715. That totals $24,940, along with more than 200 POC’s. Daleiden argues that the disclosure reveals Planned Parenthood clearly violated federal law, which only allows reimbursements for associated costs rather than for the body part itself. Planned Parenthood has defended itself by claiming that its charges related to transportation and time spent by staff. The invoices don’t mention either of those, however, nor do they contain the word “reimbursement.” Instead, they assign a fee per body part. Specifically, the previously released contract between those organizations showed that the exchanges were based on “POC determined in the clinic to be usable.” Planned Parenthood did not provide specific comment, but pointed Fox News to a more generic backgrounder on Daleiden. “Planned Parenthood has never, and would never sell fetal tissue, and any claim otherwise is absurd,” the document reads. It previously announced that it wouldn’t accept payments for its fetal tissue program, with its president arguing that doing so should put to rest concerns about Planned Parenthood having “any financial interest in fetal donation.” StemExpress, which promises “financial profits” in its brochure, handled all of the services for which Planned Parenthood might legitimately seek reimbursement under the law, Daleiden argued. He pointed to a House Select Panel report suggesting that Planned Parenthood was engaging in “double counting” costs like transportation. Instead, it indicated that the group’s costs were “more properly assigned to the middleman procurer or the end user researcher.”

This is just awful…  As per usual..  Here is our disclaimer..  Here at The Daily Buzz, we really do try to avoid the abortion topic altogether, as it is such a divisive and emotionally charged issue. Having said that…this isn’t about abortion and whether or not it should be illegal or not (as an aside, and for the record, we feel it should remain legal, but with restrictions).  It’s about Planned Parenthood’s (PP) more insidious, and likely illegal, business ventures.  For more, click on the text above.

 

Court Rules Texas Can Ban Abortions During Pandemic

A federal appeals court backed the state of Texas Tuesday by allowing its enforcement of a ban on most abortions during the coronavirus pandemic. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans has overturned the decision of a lower court and affirmed the state’s right to ban elective abortions during the current crisis situation. Abbott and governors of other states have banned elective medical procedures, including abortions, in order to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers caring for victims of the infection caused by the novel coronavirus. The Texas Tribune reported Judge Kyle Duncan, a Donald Trump appointee, cited precedent from the U.S. Supreme Court in his decision, writing that “individual rights secured by the Constitution do not disappear during a public health crisis, but … Rights could be reasonably restricted during those times.” Duncan added: ” When faced with a society-threatening epidemic, a state may implement emergency measures that curtail constitutional rights so long as the measures have at least some “real or substantial relation” to the public health crisis and are not “beyond all question, a plain, palpable invasion of rights secured by the fundamental law.” The Fifth Circuit said U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, who blocked the Texas ban stating, “before fetal viability outside the womb, a state has no interest sufficient to justify an outright ban on abortions,” had erred in his order. According to the Tribune, Duncan said Yeakel’s order “[bestowed] on abortion providers a blanket exemption from a generally-applicable emergency public health measure.” Duncan said Yeakel had represented Abbott’s order as a total ban on abortions. “Properly understood,” he wrote, the governor’s executive order is a “temporary postponement” of many procedures, such as colonoscopies. Members of the abortion industry condemned the Fifth Circuit’s decision and vowed to take further legal action.

Of course they do.  Judge Kyle Duncan’s decision was well-thought out, and consistent with the “elective surgery” ban in TX and other states.

Pro-life students praying at Planned Parenthood met with lewd acts, as woman is recorded saying ‘Hail Satan’

Anti-abortion college student activists in Washington state denounced opposition to their prayer demonstration outside a Planned Parenthood facility, calling it “violent,” “dark” and threatening. Autumn Lindsey, a student spokesperson for Students for Life of America (SFLA) and a leader in Whatcom Community College Students for Life, shared on Facebook Live the reaction in Bellingham, Wash., to the 40 Days for Life campaign. The goal of the prayerful protest is to end abortion and encourage pregnant women to carry their children to term. She detailed a man who exposed himself to the group when he stopped at a red light, women who yelled “My body, my choice” and “Hail Satan,” and someone else who threw a vial with liquid at them. “We are in week two of 40 Days for Life and we’ve already seen this much hate and friction, and, so, you could take it as discouraging,” Lindsey said. “I think their goal is to scare us away, but that’s not going to happen.” Kristan Hawkins, SFLA president, said certain types of protests must end. “The threats and vitriol must be stopped. Every day it seems like we hear of a new account of vandalism, threat of violence, or acts of intimidation towards peaceful pro-lifers,” Hawkins said. “What happened Saturday shows us the worst of the worst of the pro-choice movement; obscenity, Satan worship, and lewdness towards students. We firmly reject all acts of violence and intimidation towards our students.” The organizer of the local 40 Days for Life campaign said she expected opposition, but didn’t think it would be so violence-oriented. “They say to us, ‘We hope you get raped,’ ‘We hope you die,’ ‘Your mother should’ve aborted you,’ and every cuss word that you can imagine,” she said. “It’s just so, so violent, so dark.” One of the students described when a man exposed himself. “We were just silently praying here on the corner and this man — it’s a stoplight and it’s red — and he exposes himself to us,” she said. “One of us was a minor … It’s just insane.” Another member said a gang of teenage boys screamed profanities in their faces, and a bicyclist rode by and threw a vial with an unidentified liquid that shattered on the sidewalk. The police department and fire department responded to make sure it wasn’t hazardous. The group called police on four separate occasions. Lindsey explained that her group doesn’t yell or harass women entering the abortion clinic but tells them, “We love you and there are other options, and that we have resources and will support you.” Anti-abortion protesters and their events have been disrupted by violence before. Last year, an SLFA event in Minnesota was evacuated due to a bomb threat, and a student was arrested for punching an anti-abortion activist at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. An 85-year-old man was assaulted while he prayed outside a Planned Parenthood in San Francisco during last year’s 40 Days for Life campaign.

Just imagine for a moment had pro-choice protesters been treated like this..  There would be calls from Democrat politicians to investigate for “hate crimes” being committed by those thugs throwing liquids, and some guy flashing the protesters (and one apparently was a minor), AND the story would be EVERYWHERE for weeks on end…and we ALL know it.  But, since this is a bunch of peaceful pro-LIFE folks, this story is being buried by the dominantly liberal (and extremely hypocritical) mainstream media.  Go figure.   Hopefully the local police there in WA state will be able to track down those involved in assaulting these folks, and arrest/charge them as appropriate.  These protesters have every (First Amendment) right to protest, and should feel free to do so without being intimidated by a bunch of fascist speech nazis and thugs.

9th Circuit Court sides with Trump administration on banning Title X funds for abortion

A federal appeals court refused Thursday to block the Trump administration’s Title X family-planning rules from taking effect, keeping in place newly instated requirements preventing grant recipients from referring clients for abortions. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a plea from 20 states and the District of Columbia, as well as abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, to impose an emergency stay after lifting June 20 preliminary injunctions ordered by lower courts in California, Oregon and Washington. In February, the Department of Health and Human Services overhauled rules governing Title X grants for family-planning services to low-income patients, prohibiting recipients from using the funds to “perform, promote, refer to, or support abortion as a method of family planning.” The rule change could cost Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, as much as $60 million per year, although the Title X grants represent only a small percentage of the organization’s half-billion in annual federal funding. Pro-life groups cheered the court for standing by its earlier ruling. All seven of the judges who voted to deny the emergency stay were appointed by Republicans—including two chosen by President Trump—while the four who voted in the minority were named by Democrats. “This is a victory for commonsense, life-affirming policy,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “The Protect Life rule ensures that the people helping women plan for families are not misusing appointments to market abortions at taxpayer expense.” She added that “Title X had become a marketing slush fund for Planned Parenthood, and the Trump Administration and the American people won today.” The Title X overhaul opened the door for pro-life pregnancy centers to receive funds by removing the requirement for “nondirective counseling on abortion.” In March, the Obria Group of California became the first such center to receive a Title X grant. The rule also requires a “clear financial and physical separation” between abortion procedures and other family-planning services, a mandate scheduled to take effect in March 2020. Planned Parenthood blasted the court’s refusal to block “the Title X gag rule,” calling it “devastating.” “This is devastating news,” said Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen. “While we are incredibly concerned the panel did not recognize the harm of the Trump-Pence administration’s gag rule, we will not stop fighting for the millions across the country in need for care.” Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, said that abortion “is neither health care nor family planning and therefore should not be funded by the Title X program.” “This regulation helps to get taxpayers out of the abortion business, without cutting resources for those in need, and is a victory for all Americans,” she said.

Agreed 100!  This is a victory for all hard-working American tax payers.  To be clear, this isn’t about abortion, or outlawing it…or anything like that.  It’s simply a rare common-sense ruling by the otherwise left-leaning 9th Circuit agreeing with the Trump Administrations prohibition against using Title X funds for abortions.  That’s it.  And, it’s about time.  It’s hopefully the first step in stopping ALL federal tax-payer funding of Planned Parenthood entirely.  And, again, this has NOTHING to do with abortions, or their legality.  It’s simply about forcing tax-payers to pay for them; a large percentage of whom have moral objections to such procedures.  If someone wants to undergo that procedure, that’s their business.  But, the rest of us shouldn’t be forced to pay for it.  That’s the bottom line.  I don’t say this very often..but..  Kudos to the 9th Circuit Court for this decision.

Supreme Court denies abortion clinic’s appeal for Catholic pro-life deliberations

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Tuesday from an abortion clinic seeking access to records belonging to the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops concerning its pro-life deliberations. Whole Woman’s Health, a pro-choice health facility in Texas, had subpoenaed the bishops’ religious deliberations on abortion and any communications with government officials, after the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops offered to provide burials for aborted remains following a state law requiring hospitals to properly dispose of fetal tissue through cremation or burial rather than in a sewer or landfill. Whole Woman’s Health had challenged the state law in separate litigation and sought the records in conjunction with that case. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for the bishops in their motion to halt the subpoena, saying the clinic’s move ran afoul of the First Amendment. In rejecting the appeal Monday, the high court leaves the 5th Circuit ruling in place. “Thank goodness the Supreme Court saw this appeal for what it was: a nasty attempt to intimidate the bishops and force them to withdraw their offer to bury every child aborted in Texas,” said Eric Rassbach, vice president at Becket Religious Liberty for All, which represented the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops.

This isn’t about abortion.  It’s about one group trying to bully a religious organization into releasing its private communications.  So, kudos to the 5th Circuit for putting a stop that brazen violation of the First Amendment, and the Supreme Court for upholding that decision.  Again, this ruling has nothing to do with abortion.  It was a victory for the First Amendment.  Excellent!

VA Gov Northam on Abortion Bill: Infant Could Be Delivered and Then ‘Physicians and the Mother’ Could Decide If It Lives

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D.) commented Wednesday about a controversial 40-week abortion bill and in so doing said the law allows an abortion to take place after the infant’s birth. “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother,” Northam said, alluding to the physician and mother discussing whether the born infant should live or die. A Democratic lawmaker in the Virginia House of Delegates proposed a bill Tuesday that would allow abortions through the end of the third trimester of pregnancy. The video of Delegate Kathy Tran presenting her bill led to an exchange where she admitted that her bill would allow for a mother to abort her child minutes before giving birth. “How late in the third trimester could a physician perform an abortion if he indicated that it would impair the mental health of the woman?” Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R.) asked. “Or physical health,” Tran said. “Okay,” Gilbert replied. “I’m talking about the mental health.” “I mean, through the third trimester,” Tran said. “The third trimester goes up to 40 weeks.” “Okay, but to the end of the third trimester?” Gilbert asked. “Yup, I don’t think we have a limit in the bill,” Tran said. “Where it’s obvious that a woman is about to give birth, she has physical signs that she’s about to give birth, would that still be a point at which she could request an abortion if she was so certified?” Gilbert asked. “She’s dilating.” Tran responded that is a decision between the woman and her doctor would have to make. Gilbert asked if her bill would allow an abortion right before the infant was born. “My bill would allow that, yes,” Tran said. NBC4 reporter Julie Carey asked Northam about the measure. “Do you support her measure and explain her answer?” Carey asked. “I wasn’t there, Julie. And I certainly can’t speak for delegate Tran. But I would tell you one, the first think I would say, this is why decisions such as this should be made by providers, physicians, and the mothers and fathers that are involved,” Northam said. “When we talk about third trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of obviously the mother, with the consent of the physicians, more than one physician by the way. And it is done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus that is non-viable.” Northam continued by saying government shouldn’t be involved in these types of decisions and that legislators, especially male legislators, shouldn’t be telling women what to do. “I think this was really blown out of proportion. But again we want the government not to be involved in these types of decisions. We want the decision to be made by the mothers and their providers. And this is why Julie, that legislators, most of whom are men by the way, shouldn’t be telling a woman what she should or shouldn’t be doing with her body,” Northam said. Carey asked if the law should still require women to have multiple physicians approve an abortion. “Well, I think it is always good to get a second opinion and for at least two providers to be involved in that decision,” Northam said. “These decisions shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Wow..  Just pause and re-read what Gov. Northam (D-VA) is saying here..  He’s advocating that it’s perfectly reasonable to abort mere minutes before birth for a whole range of reasons having NOTHING to do with the life or health and welfare of the mother.  He’s even suggesting it can be done POST birth/POST delivery!  And, if your a male (who isn’t a liberal Democrat, of course, like him), then you shouldn’t weigh in on the issue.  What a hypocrite!  Now, here at The Daily Buzz we really try to avoid the abortion issue altogether as it’s such a divisive issue.  And, it’s really not what this blog focuses on.  But, c’mon..  This is what the late DEMOCRAT Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) referred to as “infanticide.”  This isn’t about whether abortion should be legal or not.  Its about abortion on demand regardless of science, and even POST delivery.  By ANY definition, that’s murder…and that’s what these lunatics are advocating.  Unreal..  If you’re in Virigina, ya just might want to contact your state rep and state senator, and let them know how ya feel about this insanity.

Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen: Abortion is our ‘core mission’

Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen has affirmed the organization’s commitment to providing abortions after she claimed the news media misconstrued her earlier statements about expanding non-abortion services. Ms. Wen clarified Tuesday that Planned Parenthood’s “core mission” is to provide, protect and expand access to abortion. “We will never back down from that fight — it’s a fundamental human right and women’s lives are at stake,” she tweeted. Ms. Wen linked to a headline by BuzzFeed News, which she slammed as misleading. “I am always happy to do interviews, but these headlines completely misconstrue my vision for Planned Parenthood,” the physician wrote. The article, titled, “Planned Parenthood’s New President Wants To Focus On Nonabortion Health Care,” reported that Ms. Wen was kicking off a five-month listening tour of Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country in order to learn “how best to add or expand nonabortion services that are not normally associated with Planned Parenthood, like treatment for opioid addiction, diabetes management, and mental health counseling.” Hank Sheinkopf, a veteran Democratic campaign consultant, told BuzzFeed that the focus on non-abortion services signaled political “fatigue.” “If you publicly project that you’re no longer an advocate but a provider of medical services, the presumption is the bad guys will no longer beat you up because you’re no longer poking a stick in their eyes all the time,” Ms. Sheinkopf said. Ms. Wen pushed back on the report, declaring Tuesday that abortion is Planned Parenthood’s No. 1 priority.

Well, despite the fact that she’s a raving lunatic, we appreciate that Dr. Wen is at least being open and honest about what Planned Parenthood’s #1 priority is.  No more dancing..  But, her assertion that abortion is a “fundamental human right” is preposterous.  Just because she and her organization assert it, doesn’t make it so.  But, hey..  to lunatic liberals like her, facts aren’t important.  Typical…

Planned Parenthood forces cancellation of ‘Gosnell’ screening

Planned Parenthood convinced a hotel in Austin, Texas, to cancel a screening of a new movie about convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell, according to the film’s producers. The movie, “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” which opens in theaters Oct. 12, was to be screened Saturday night in the Hyatt Hotel in the Texas capital at the same time Planned Parenthood hosts a $400 a plate gala dinner headlined by Cecille Richards, the organization’s former CEO. The movie’s producers, however, were told Monday by the hotel the screen was canceled for “security reasons.” The producers told WND they paid the deposit and signed the contract to reserve the space for the screening. “Everything that was required by the Hyatt was provided and completed as required,” a spokesman said. Producer Ann McElhinney said the movie screening “gave a real choice to the people of Austin.” “Over 250 had already registered to go and we were receiving dozens of new RSVPs every day,” she said. “But now thanks to the bullying of Planned Parenthood and the cowardice of the Hyatt they won’t get to see the Gosnell Movie and the truth about abortion.” Gosnell, who ran an abortion clinic in Philadelphia, was convicted in 2011 of multiple counts of first degree murder for late-term and after-birth abortions. A routine investigation led to the discovery of the criminal abortion operation, which Gosnell had been running for years. The producers say the movie exposes the lack of attention the case received at the time. Planned Parenthood’s Richards had been invited to the screening at the Hyatt, the producers said. Producer Phelim McAleer said the cancellation is “only a temporary victory for the forces of intolerance that have tried to bury this story all along the way.” He said the Hyatt screening was just a “sneak peek” before the movie is brought to 750 screens nationwide on Oct. 12. The film centers on Detective James “Woody” Wood, played by Dean Cain, and his partner Det. Stark (Alfonzo Rachel) who work an informant network to identify a doctor who had been selling prescription drugs illegally. As the case unfolded, Wood and District Attorney Sarah Jane Morris were confronted not only by the horrors of the case but also fierce resistance from government and personal politics. “Gosnell” is directed by Nick Searcy who starred in “The Shape of Water” and the critically acclaimed FX series “Justified.”

As many of you know, we try to avoid the abortion topic here at The Daily Buzz..  That said, its newsworthy just how Planned Parenthood (PP) bullies and intimidates the opposition.  Yes, the scheduling of this screening of Gosnell by the film’s producers at the same hotel that PP was having a convention was not an accident.  BUT, they applied for the use of the room for the screening of the film, paid the fees, and did everything appropriately.  So, that’s on that Hyatt for allowing competing entities to have their functions at the same time.  When the left bullies conservatives, it’s ok..and they get away with it.  Such is the case here with PP.  Typical…

Chelsea Clinton: Legalizing Abortion Created Trillions in Economic Growth

Chelsea Clinton recently made strong — if not substantiated — claims about the economic benefits of legalized abortion. The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton recently spoke at Rise Up for Roe, an abortion rights campaign event created to advocate against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. During her speech, Clinton reportedly said: “It is not a disconnected fact … that American women entering the labor force from 1973 to 2009 added three and a half trillion dollars to our economy. … The net, new entrance of women — that is not disconnected from the fact that Roe became the law of the land in January of 1973. So, I think, whatever it is that people say they care about, I think that you can connect to this issue. Of course, I would hope that they would care about our equal rights and dignity to make our own choices — but, if that is not sufficiently persuasive, hopefully, come some of these other arguments that you’ve expressed so beautifully, will be.” There is no way to actually check Clinton’s economic rhetoric. But according to a 2008 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics: ” Since 1976, the percentage of working women who were self-employed has trended up (from 4.4 percent in 1976 to 5.2 percent in 2008), while the percentage of men who were self-employed has edged down (from 8.4 percent to 7.6 percent). In 2008, 38 percent of all self-employed persons were women, compared with 27 percent in 1976.” Those numbers would not seem to support Clinton’s estimate.

Indeed!  Wow..  Didn’t realize just how spectacularly stupid Chelsea was..