Fact-Checking CNN: Pence Is Right, Biden Backed Abortion on Demand Until Birth Act

For Immediate Release: June 8, 2023
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Leading Pro-Life Group Praises Pence, Calls on Media to Ask All Candidates Where They Draw the Line

Washington, D.C.Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America called out CNN today for claiming President Joe Biden supports abortion “until the point of viability.” Anchor Dana Bash made the claim Wednesday night during a town hall with presidential candidate Mike Pence. Anchor Jake Tapper made a similar claim while moderating a town hall with Nikki Haley.

Biden has previously endorsed the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act, better known as the Abortion on Demand Until Birth Act. This radical legislation would block new and existing pro-life laws, including those that protect babies from late-term abortions.

SBA Pro-Life America has scored against previous versions of the bill, which has repeatedly failed to pass Congress, and issued a memo detailing its extreme provisions. The memo explains:

The abortion industry’s view of viability was demonstrated by the testimony of Dr. Colleen McNicholas, Chief Medical Officer for Planned Parenthood for the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, during her testimony before the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in November 2019. Asked when she considered an unborn child to be viable, she said, “There is no particular gestational age. There are some pregnancies in which the fetus will never be viable…” Later she affirmed, “My practice includes abortion care through the point of viability and as we previously discussed that could be at any point.”

A 2017 Washington Post fact check confirmed research by Charlotte Lozier Institute that showed the United States is one of seven countries to allow elective abortion after five months of pregnancy. Polling by Marist, Harvard-Harris, AP-NORC and NPR consistently shows that two thirds of Americans or more support limiting abortion no later than the first trimester (three months) of pregnancy.

SBA Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser praised Pence and called on the media to ask Biden and all candidates at what point, if ever, they would protect unborn children:

“Mike Pence is unapologetically pro-life and crystal clear on his stance, in stark contrast to Joe Biden. His clarity and fearlessness in going on offense is a model for all pro-life candidates.

“Pence was absolutely correct about the Democrats’ abortion distortion. Time after time, Democrats refuse to name any protections for unborn children they support, at any point in pregnancy, even after science shows babies in the womb feel pain. CNN is well aware of this. Even the Washington Post is calling on Joe Biden and all candidates to be clear about where they draw the line, and we agree. Voters deserve straight answers, especially now that half the country has passed laws to protect unborn babies no later than 12 weeks. But Biden and the Democrats simply are afraid to admit their extreme agenda, as it is a massive political liability. The media need to stop functioning like Democrat activists running interference and start acting like the journalists they are supposed to be, whose job is to ask persistent questions and uncover the truth.”

SBA Pro-Life America is tracking the pro-abortion extremism of the Biden-Harris administration at sbaprolife.org/biden-harris.

Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America is a network of more than one million pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.



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