Bobby Jindal on Abortion
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
Planned Parenthood sells babies' body parts
I'm a doer, not a talker. If you want somebody who is going to manage the slow decline of this country, makes incremental changes, vote for somebody else. If you want to vote for somebody who understands what is at stake--
Planned Parenthood is selling baby parts across this country, and the Senate Republicans have already given up, even without a fight. I am angrier at the Republicans in D.C. than I am at the president.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary undercard debate on CNN
, Sep 16, 2015
Defund and criminally investigate Planned Parenthood
Q: [Your rival candidate] Carly Fiorina said that she would go so far as to shut down the government over the issue of defunding Planned Parenthood. Would you do that?
JINDAL: Well, Planned Parenthood had better hope that Hillary Clinton wins this
election, because I guarantee under President Jindal, January 2017, the Department of Justice and the IRS and everybody else that we can send from the federal government will be going in to Planned Parenthood. This is absolutely disgusting, and revolts
the conscience of the nation. Absolutely, we need to defund Planned Parenthood. In my own state, for example, we launched an investigation, asked the FBI to cooperate. We just, earlier this week, kicked them out of Medicaid in Louisiana as well,
canceled their provider contract. They don't provide any abortions in Louisiana. I don't think President Obama should send taxpayer dollars to this group that has been caught, I believe, breaking the law, but also offending our values and our ethics.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript
, Aug 6, 2015
Abortionists need admitting privileges at nearby hospital
Jindal supports the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," which would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy with exceptions for rape, incest or life of the mother. In 2014, he signed a law that required all Louisiana physicians who perform
abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital at least 30 miles away. The law effectively forced the closure of three of the state's five abortion clinics. Earlier this year, his administration denied Planned Parenthood an operating license in
New Orleans. On gay marriage, Jindal wrote a New York Times op-ed saying he would "hold firm" against same-sex unions. He told CNN's "New Day" that should the Supreme Court overturn same-sex marriage bans,
Congress and the states should pass a Constitutional Amendment restoring them. In the wake of Indiana's religious liberty bill earlier this year, Jindal passed an executive order allowing businesses to refuse services related to same-sex marriage.
Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series
, Jun 24, 2015
Human life amendment: define "person" from conception
On many science and education issues, Jindal tries to straddle the partisan divide. He favors a human life amendment to define the legal existence of a "person" at the moment of conception, but he is also a strong advocate for the cheap and
wide distribution of contraceptives. He refused to criticize his "friend" Phil Robertson, the Duck Dynast who said the other day that a Bible-based monogamous marriage of man and woman is the best way to end diseases like AIDS.
Source: Huffington Post 2014 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls
, Sep 16, 2014
Offering contraception is dangerous federal overreach
Jindal told religious conservatives during the annual Faith and Freedom Coalition conference that the Obama administration has been waging a war on religion and a "hostile takeover" of Washington is imminent. Jindal said, "I am tired of the left.
They say they're for tolerance, they say they respect diversity. The reality is this: They respect everybody unless you happen to disagree with them," he said. "The left is trying to silence us and I'm tired of it,
I won't take it anymore."
Jindal's comments echoed much of what he said during last week's Iowa Republican convention, where he assailed the administration's
Affordable Care Act mandate to offer contraception as "one of the most dangerous overreaches of federal government power."
Source: The Hill weblog 2014 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls
, Jun 22, 2014
2003: In first race, admitted to liberals he was pro-life
In my first race in 2003, at one of my first fundraisers, my first question was from a fairly liberal woman who asked me my position on abortion. I told her I was pro-life. I remember thinking I was going to have to return all the money I had raised!
But amazingly, she became a financial supporter despite our differences over abortion. It turns out she already knew I was pro-life; she just wanted to see if I would be honest about my position or if I would waffle in order to get her money.
Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p. 89
, Nov 15, 2010
Judeo-Christian heritage fosters culture of life
America's Judeo-Christian heritage commands us to help the help-less and demands that we protect innocent human life. Yes, this is a demand, not an option. America is a place that actively strives to protect its most vulnerable members.
Undoubtedly, we as a country have made wrong turns over the years--we tolerated slavery after all.
And regardless of the mindless political debate we so often hear on the issue of abortion--you know the debate, the one that talks about "choice" and "rights" and "freedom" and "legal precedent" and "settled law" and everything under the sun
EXCEPT for abortion itself--regardless of that, I do believe the desire to defend and protect human life extends across party and religious boundaries in America. I believe in America's desire and ability to do the right thing.
Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p.217
, Nov 15, 2010
Q: What about things like abortion & same-sex marriages, things like that. These are not places where McCain likes to go. Would you advise him to talk about those things?
A: Well, yes, and they are important to me. Iím pro-life and I certainly support
the traditional definition of marriage. McCain is famous for doing these town hall meetings. These questions will come up, and I think he should be honest in addressing them. I think he should talk about the fact he is pro-life.
Source: CNN Late Edition: 2008 presidential series with Wolf Blitzer
, Jun 29, 2008
Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines.
Allows federal funding for research that utilizes human embryonic stem cells, regardless of the date on which the stem cells were derived from a human embryo, provided such embryos:
- have been donated from in vitro fertilization clinics;
- were created for the purposes of fertility treatment;
- were in excess of the needs of the individuals seeking such treatment and would otherwise be discarded; and
- were donated by such individuals with written informed consent and without any financial or other inducements.
Proponents support voting YES because:
Since 2 years ago, the last Stem Cell bill, public support has surged for stem cells. Research is proceeding unfettered and, in some cases, without ethical standards in other countries. And even when these countries have ethical standards, our failures are allowing them to gain the scientific edge over the US. Some suggest that it is Congress' role to tell researchers what kinds of cells to use.
I suggest we are not the arbiters of research. Instead, we should foster all of these methods, and we should adequately fund and have ethical oversight over all ethical stem cell research.
Opponents support voting NO because:
A good deal has changed in the world of science. Amniotic fluid stem cells are now available to open a broad new area of research. I think the American people would welcome us having a hearing to understand more about this promising new area of science. As it stands today, we will simply have to debate the bill on the merits of information that is well over 2 years old, and I think that is unfortunate.
The recent findings of the pluripotent epithelial cells demonstrates how quickly the world has changed. Wouldn't it be nice to have the researcher before our committee and be able to ask those questions so we may make the best possible judgment for the American people?
Reference: Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act;
Bill HR 3 ("First 100 hours")
; vote number 2007-020
on Jan 11, 2007
Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research.
To provide for human embryonic stem cell research. A YES vote would:
Reference: Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act;
Bill HR 810
; vote number 2005-204
on May 24, 2005
- Call for stem cells to be taken from human embryos that were donated from in vitro fertilization clinics
- Require that before the embryos are donated, that it be established that they were created for fertility treatment and in excess of clinical need and otherwise would be discarded
- Stipulate that those donating the embryos give written consent and do not receive any compensation for the donation.
Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions.
To prevent the transportation of minors in circumvention of certain laws relating to abortion, and for other purposes, including:
Reference: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act;
Bill HR 748
; vote number 2005-144
on Apr 27, 2005
- Allowing for exemptions to the law if the life of the minor is in danger or if a court in the minor's home state waive the parental notification required by that state
- Allocating fines and/or up to one year imprisonment of those convicted of transporting a minor over state lines to have an abortion
- Penalizing doctors who knowingly perform an abortion procedure without obtaining reasonable proof that the notification provisions of the minor's home state have been satisfied
- Requiring abortion providers in states that do not have parental consent laws and who would be performing the procedure on a minor that resides in another state, to give at least a 24 hour notice to the parent or legal guardian
- Specifying that neither the minor nor her guardians may be prosecuted or sued for a violation of this act
Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance.
Jindal scores 100% by the NRLC on abortion issues
OnTheIssues.org interprets the 2006 NRLC scores as follows:
About the NRLC (from their website, www.nrlc.org):
- 0% - 15%: pro-choice stance (approx. 174 members)
- 16%- 84%: mixed record on abortion (approx. 101 members)
- 85%-100%: pro-life stance (approx. 190 members)
The ultimate goal of the National Right to Life Committee is to restore legal protection to innocent human life. The primary interest of the National Right to Life Committee and its members has been the abortion controversy; however, it is also concerned with related matters of medical ethics which relate to the right to life issues of euthanasia and infanticide. The Committee does not have a position on issues such as contraception, sex education, capital punishment, and national defense.
The National Right to Life Committee was founded in 1973 in response to the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, legalizing the practice of human abortion in all 50 states, throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy.
The NRLC has been instrumental in achieving a number of legislative reforms at the national level, including a ban on non-therapeutic experimentation of unborn and newborn babies, a federal conscience clause guaranteeing medical personnel the right to refuse to participate in abortion procedures, and various amendments to appropriations bills which prohibit (or limit) the use of federal funds to subsidize or promote abortions in the United States and overseas.
In addition to maintaining a lobbying presence at the federal level, NRLC serves as a clearinghouse of information for its state affiliates and local chapters, its individual members, the press, and the public.
Source: NRLC website 06n-NRLC on Dec 31, 2006
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion.
Jindal co-sponsored prohibiting taking minors across state lines for abortion
A bill to prohibit taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.
Source: Child Custody Protection Act (S.2543&H.R.1063) 08-SR2543 on Jan 22, 2008
- Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit transporting a minor child across a state line to obtain an abortion (deems such transporting to be a de facto abridgment of the right of a parent under any law in the minor's state of residence that requires parental involvement in the minor's abortion decision).
- Makes an exception for an abortion necessary to safe the life of the minor.
- Makes it an affirmative defense to a prosecution or civil action under this Act that a defendant reasonably believed that required parental consent or judicial authorization took place.
- Imposes a fine and/or prison term of up to one year on anyone who has committed an act of incest with a minor and knowingly transports such minor across a state line to obtain an abortion.
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