Here’s Some Much-Needed Context For A Few Of The Things Said At The GOP Debate

Given the slew of drama, insults and Snapchats that came out of Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate, it’s easy to forget that the 10 men and one woman onstage also discussed actual policy issues. But indeed they did.

Lots was said during Wednesday’s broadcast. Not all of it stands up to closer inspection. Here’s some useful context for what a few of the candidates said:

1. Planned Parenthood

The candidates were asked to comment on whether they supported federal funding for Planned Parenthood, even if it meant a government shutdown. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina spoke about the sting videos recently released by the conservative Center for Medical Progress.

As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape — I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes,” she said. “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.'”

However, there’s no evidence that a video like this actually exists. Vox senior editor Sarah Kliff wrote Thursday that in the 12 hours of footage CMP has released, there are no images that match Fiorina’s description. On Thursday, Fiorina told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she had indeed seen the footage she’d described. It’s possible that Fiorina was thinking of some other video besides the sting tapes that CMP has put out — but as of yet, no one has been able to find a clip that looks like what Fiorina was talking about.

During Wednesday’s debate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said that it makes no sense to federally fund Planned Parenthood when “there are 13,000 community-based organizations [in the U.S.] that provide health services to women.” But many of those organizations already struggle —> Read More