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by Invenium Viam on August 9, 2015

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Randall Tigue is a Twin Cities attorney, DFL activist, and Past President of both the First Amendment Lawyers Association and the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union.

Questions From the GOP Debate

By Randall Tigue


The first debate of Republican presidential candidates brought a number of questions to my mind that I hope someone in future debates will have the courage to ask the candidates.


The first is why, after Megan Kelly asked Donald Trump the question about his referring to women as “fat pigs” and “slobs” and then suggested that the question was about “political correctness,” why was it that not a single one of the remaining nine male candidates said, “There is an obvious difference between political correctness and treating women with basic dignity and respect, and if you can’t see that difference, you are too stupid to be President of the United States”?


The second set of questions has to do with all of the candidates demanding immediate defunding of Planned Parenthood.


As every one of those candidates knows, because of the Hyde Amendment, not a single penny of federal funding of Planned Parenthood goes to pay for abortions. Federal funding of Planned Parenthood goes for things like screenings for breast and other types and cancer and testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.


Take away that funding, and there is no question that women will die as a result. The Republicans who take that funding away will have a direct hand in those deaths.


So the questions that should be asked of those who advocate defunding of Planned Parenthood should include, at least the following: “Given that defunding Planned Parenthood will not stop a single abortion, how many women are you willing to murder to placate the lunatic fringe of your party? How can you openly support the killing of women and continue to call yourself “pro-life”?


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