Dick Durbin, Illinois' staunch pro-life senator

Does it surprise you that Democrat Richard Durbin, Illinois' senior senator, was once adamantly pro life? That's when he was running as a representative from a Downstate Illinois district, and before he ran for the Senate, where a switch to pro-choice position made him more electable.

To suggest that Durbin bends with the wind to accommodate his own self-interest is a bit of an understatement.

So, it is interesting to see that Planned Parenthood, perhaps the  most unbending, rigid outfit when it comes to demand an absolute right for a woman to have an abortion without any attempt to balance a child's right to life, is presenting Durbin with a "Lifetime Achievement Award."

I emphasized "lifetime" because it appears that Planned Parenthood either (1) doesn't know about Durbin's past, (ha, ha) or (2) knows about it but wants you to ignore it. They want you to ignore it, because Durbin has become their patsy, doing what he is told in exchange for their support. Not that the timing of the award has anything to do with his being up for election later this year. Or that Planned Parenthood is using him for a draw to raise money for its own war on unborn children.

In a 1982 letter to voters, Durbin declared:

durbinMy record of opposition to abortion on demand has been public record for eight years. Long before my opponent moved to this district I worked closely with Springfield Right-toLife and served as master of ceremonies at the annual banquet. As recently as this January 1 I was honored to serve again as Master of Ceremonies at the annual Observance in the State Capitol for the fifth time.

In the same letter, Durbin brags about supporting the "Hatch Federalism Amendment," as endorsed by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. That amendment, which would drive Planned Parenthood right up the wall, stated:

A right to abortion is not secured by this Constitution. The Congress and the several STates shall have concurrent power to restrict and prohibit abortions. Provided, That a provision of law of a state which is more restrictive than a conflicting provision of a law of Congress shall govern.

Durbin concludes his letter with this plea: "I would appreciate it if you would share this message with friends who believe that abortion on demand must end in this nation.

In response to all this hypocrisy, the Pro-Life Action League is called on During to return to his pro-life roots.

Fat chance of that happening when Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Illinois Personal PAC and other extremist groups can provide Durbin more votes than pro-life groups.

Here, courtesy of the Pro-Life Action League are links to some other Durbin pledges of allegiances to the pro-life cause:

*        Pitching himself as the pro-life candidate and pledging support for a constitutional amendment that would overturn Roe v. Wade

*        Stating in writing that, "the right to abortion is not guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution"

*        Pledging support for "legislation which would protection unborn children from abortion except in those cases necessary to prevent the death of the mother"

*        Writing that, "I continue to believe the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade should be reversed"

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  • A real achievement for Durbin would be to self-abort though Planned Parenthood. Maybe then he would be in their "Hall of Fame".

  • This isn't exactly breaking news. The most recent of the public documents "exposed" by Pro-Life Action League is a quarter of a century old, when Durbin was a Congressman for central and western Illinois. All of this was known when he ran for the Senate in 1996, 2002 and 2008. I guess the League hopes it can defeat him with it this year.

  • No, it's not "new" news, but it's something that the anti-life zealots want everyone to forget. A reminder now and again is merited, considering Durbin's stunning hypocrisy. No, I don't hold out much hope that Illinois' majority Democratic voters will remove Durbin. The same voters who gave us the Union's most financially troubled state.

  • Yes, democracy so often obstructs ideological purity, doesn't it?

  • Is it a matter of ideological purity that I want a state that's financially healthy, that can pay its bills to medical providers, social workers, highway builders and other providers, that's not leaving a huge debt for our children to pay? If so, then I'm guilty.

  • But your blog does not deal with financial matters, but rather with abortion, Durbin and the Pro-Life Action League.

  • If you read the blog, you'd know that I deal with "financial matters," politics, public policy, culture and lots more. I'm not sure I understand your point. Is it that because this post deals with abortion, etc. that I shouldn't bring in other perspectives?

  • Now you are obfuscating.

  • Only to you.

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