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Leading up to the 2020 election, “pro-life” NeverTrumpers such as Mona Charen attempted to justify their endorsement of a pro-abortion candidate like Vice President Joe Biden with think pieces claiming voting for a pro-life president would not “lead to dramatic changes in abortion law.” Now that NeverTrumpers’ preferred candidate is president-elect, he’s allowing abortion giant Planned Parenthood to pick “key position” appointments in “the White House, the administration, and various federal agencies.”

In a recent interview with Newsweek, Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood, bragged about the anti-abortion organization’s leverage, claiming that after raising “a record-breaking amount of cash in the presidential race,” Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion “allies” have provided hundreds of personnel recommendations to the Biden-Harris transition team.

“We know that personnel is policy,” Johnson said. “So we’re making sure that those positions are filled with sexual and reproductive health champions.”

In addition to recommending people for cabinet or other bureaucratic positions, Johnson said that Planned Parenthood is lobbying for “an executive order on day one, within the first 100 days, that demonstrates the administration’s commitment to sexual and reproductive health care.”

While NeverTrumpers were warned that their efforts to support Biden would drastically hurt the pro-life movement, they did not listen and instead continued to write columns

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and campaign for Biden, brushing off his clear pro-abortion policy positions.

In October, NeverTrump website The Dispatch, one of Facebook’s “independent fact-checkers,” colluded with Facebook to label two advertisements from the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List outlining Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s views on late-term abortions as “partly false.” The Dispatch originally claimed that the rating was earned because Biden has not explicitly stated that he supports late-term abortions, even though he has repeatedly said he wants no restrictions on “a woman’s right to choose.”

Shortly after The Federalist noted the errors in the fact check, The Dispatch issued a statement claiming that their article was still in “draft form” and was accidentally published by the editorial staff, which also turned out to be misleading after it was revealed The Dispatch Twitter account retweeted the fact check article, which was posted to social media by the reporter three days before it was taken down.

Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.



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South Carolina House passes bill that would prohibit most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected

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The South Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 79-35 to pass legislation that would prohibit most abortions. 

The bill must pass through a procedural vote in the House on Thursday prior to heading to GOP Gov. Henry McMaster who has indicated that he will sign it, according to the Associated Press. Two Republicans voted against the legislation while two Democrats voted for it. The state Senate passed the measure last month. 

The bill requires doctors to carry out an ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat and if a heartbeat is identified an abortion can only be performed in certain circumstances.

The legislation would not penalize a woman for obtaining an unlawful abortion, though the individual responsible for performing the abortion could face consequences.

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The outlet reported that other states have approved similar or even more stringent abortion prohibitions which could be implemented if the Supreme Court throws out the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. All of the other states’ abortion bans are currently entangled by court challenges and if the South Carolina bill is approved it will likely face litigation that prevents it from going into effect, according to the AP.

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Leo Brent Bozell IV, the son of conservative leader L. Brent Bozell III, is facing federal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 breech of the U.S. Capitol.

Bozell is charged with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct, according to a federal complaint unsealed Tuesday.

The official affidavit includes photos and videos that appear to show Bozell inside of the U.S. Capitol Building, including the Senate chambers.

At least one photo shows Bozell wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with a logo for a Christian school at which he once coached girls basketball, according to the Huffington Post.

The FBI obtained a photo of him posing with a student of a school, in Hershey, Pa.

His father founder, who founded the Media Research Center and other conservative groups, has condemned the riots, saying, “You can never countenance police being attacked. You cannot countenance our national capitol being breached like this. … I think it is absolutely wrong,” according to NewsBusters.

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Former President Trump on Wednesday afternoon praised the career of conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who has died of cancer.

“He loved his country, and he loved his fans,” Trump said on the Fox News Channel. “He is a legend.”

The interview was Trump’s first since the conclusion of his Senate impeachment trial last week.

Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, announced her husband’s death earlier in the day on his radio show. He had been diagnosed about a year ago with Stage-IV lung cancer. He was 70.

The president also said he had a personal friendship with Limbaugh, who was an early supporter of his 2016 presidential bid and who, like Trump, thought the president won reelection in 2020.

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Trump also pointed out that Limbaugh was a provocateur in his views about conservative politics that often sparked backlash from liberals and other critics. 

Trump last year in his State of the Union address awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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