While she has not accomplished much in terms of convincing voters that she is a good presidential candidate, one-topic wonder Carly Fiorina has managed to make it very clear that she opposes abortion. Unfortunately for her, though, some pretty incriminating facts were just revealed about where her money comes from that are making people question that stance.
Aljazeera America reports that Fiorina made at least $83,000 serving on the board of directors of Merck & Co, a pharmaceutical company that, at that time, was producing vaccines with the help of fetal stem cell lines derived from aborted fetuses.
Fiorina served on the board from April of 1999 to December of 2000, and it has been noted that the company, while Fiorina was on the board, refused to stop producing such vaccines when asked by anti-abortion groups.
Was Fiorina aware of the fact that the company she was a part of was using stem cell lines from aborted fetuses? It would make sense that, being on the board of directors, she would have to have some idea of what the company was doing, but Carly Fiorina rarely makes sense.
Interestingly enough, though, Fiorina does not openly oppose the making of vaccines with fetal stem cell lines. Clarifying her position for the LA Times, she said, “It is when embryos are produced for the purposes of destruction, for the purposes of stem cell research that I have a great deal of difficulty.”
Fiorina has found herself in hot water before for her staunch anti-abortion position. It is not so much that she opposes abortion, though, as it is that she has told blatant lies about clinics like Planned Parenthood that provide such services. She claimed that she had seen a video in which a Planned Parenthood employee harvest tissue from an aborted fetus while its heart was still beating. To this day, such a video has not been produced.
In addition to the barrage of criticism she gets from pro-choice advocates for her positions , Fiorina is now in trouble with others like herself who are anti-abortion. Debi Vinnedge, executive director of anti-abortion group Children of God for Life, has said regarding these revelations about Fiorina that she might not have been aware of what was happening in the company, but, “If she’s stridently pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, she would not be in favor. She would not want to be on the board of a company that was doing that.”
Carly Fiorina’s campaign has not yet commented on the this current situation, but the fact that she accepted money from a company known to utilize aborted fetal stem cell lines in their research when she has been so explicit about her position on abortion cannot go unaddressed forever.
Whether in the next debate or in an interview, voters can be certain that she will eventually be questioned about this company’s activity. And when she responds to those questions, voters can also be certain that her response will be a typical Carly Fiorina one: snarky, brash, and completely avoiding the chosen topic.
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