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:
My 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:
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