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In the Crossfire: Abortion
January 22nd, 2014
04:39 PM ET

In the Crossfire: Abortion

Tonight on Crossfire; one of the nation's most controversial topics with no room to compromise: abortion. Today in Washington, there were thousands of people lined up to protest abortion at the March of Life. Is our country changing its views on the topic? Should it be?

At 6:30pm ET. Lila Rose, founder of the pro-life group Live Action and Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro Choice America debate with Newt Gingrich and guest host Sally Kohn.

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  1. Paola Rinaldi-Whitham

    I got depressed listening to people, who are supposed to be informed, talking about a very important topic without having any medical knowledge of the truth. 1) The "after day pill" is NOT an abortion method. It just PREVENTS OVULATION. 2) Birth control pill saves lives. The risk of stroke and pulmonary embolism is much higher during pregnancy than while taking birth control. CNN SHOULD HAVE A DOCTOR RECTIFY the very false statements, ordinary people will believe. A quality media has the duty to keep things as straight as possible. PLEASE CNN , RECTIFY and try to educate, still allowing different opinions and believes

    January 26, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  2. sequoiagray

    By the time it comes to deciding whether or not one should have an abortion, it's too late. We need to be reframing how we teach our children about love and reproduction and sex. We're fighting the wrong fight. This is a human rights issue, not a political or religious one. Our children are our future, how could we be blind to that? Please share your thoughts:

    January 25, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Reply

    Why, why, why, why is it that most of the people who are against abortion are people you wouldn't wanna funk in the first place? Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren't they? They're all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you're born, you're on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don't want to know about you. They don't want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you're preborn, you're fine; if you're preschool, you're funked. Conservatives don't give a sht about you until you reach 'military age'. Then they think you are just fine. Just what they've been looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be de ad soldiers. george carlin

    January 23, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • cleaner1616

      Most people want to make abortion a political debate. Its not. The two parties that take turns screwing this country up use abortion to rally there bases. I do not need government telling me its right or wrong, legal or illegal. I don't need religious leaders telling me the same. I used to be undecided my abortion stance. Until my gf and I had a baby girl. And i have no doubt that life begins at conception! I believe now that babies have the same right to life that we all have. Imagine if we used just Half the united states military budget on helping moms , babies and families

      January 25, 2014 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  4. ProtectAmericanJobs

    Perot said it back in 1992 "Jobs getting sucked out of the country" – Many people saw it back then, but unfortunately too many people bought into the spin of "BS" that we were being sold. Seems that both parties were always able to distract and polarize voters with peripheral social issues like Gay Marriage and Abortion, which got most voters so caught up in the BS that they lost sight of the bigger picture.

    The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to RAISE REVENUE, by Bringing Back Businesses and Jobs to TAX-PAYING AMERICAN CITIZENS.

    Unfortunately most of our politicians are joke – Only it's not so funny, because over the past several decades, all they've been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

    It seems to me that over the last 2-3 decades that both parties were always able to distract and polarize voters with insignificant peripheral BS, which get's most voters so caught up in the BS that they lose sight of the bigger picture.

    We'd really all be better off by just cutting through the BS and all the my team vs your team name calling nonsense and really focus on America and improving the future of the American people.

    Once they're elected, our leaders should be working together for the good of the our country and our citizens by using combinations of the best ideas from both sides versus just trying to make the other side look bad so they lose the next election. – How's that been working?

    All the nonsense just allows the puppet-masters to continue to do what's best for them at the expense of the American people while we're polarized and distracted.

    But, let's face it – Neither party is actually running our country – Powerful puppet-masters play both sides to make sure that they get what they want. Unfortunately what they want is not usually in the best interest of the majority of the American people. (American citizens)

    The American People need our leaders to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself and that They are NOT elected by or to represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyist or Foreign citizens!

    Regardless of what the Free-Traitors keep trying to sell us, we can see what's real. The American People need to just trust their own instincts, common sense and what they've seen actually going on all around them versus all of the nonsense that the free-traitors are still trying to sell us.

    The lack of businesses and good jobs in the USA is what's really going to rob us, our children, grand children and great grand children of the potential of a prosperous or even decent future.

    It's all happened because, over the last 25-years, our government has allowed our country's industries to get sucked out to China, India, Mexico, etc and allowed illegal aliens and H-1B foreigners to come into our country and take away tax-paying Americans jobs and drive down prices and wages.

    It seems to me that over the last 2-3 decades that both parties were always able to distract and polarize voters with insignificant peripheral BS, which get's most voters so caught up in the BS that they lose sight of the bigger picture.

    It's obvious isn't it. – But some people keep trying to feed us the Kool-Aid just to keep us distracted and polarized, so they can continue to sell us out.

    Both sides are still trying to get us to drink their brand of Kool-Aid, but it's just different flavors of the same thing and in the long run both brands are making us sick.

    January 23, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • deedee

      Very well said

      January 24, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  5. don johnson

    How about we take it a step further... mandatory hormone injections to all fertile woman. Request an interview with a government approved panel for eligibility to conceive, and if they see fit, temporarily take you off the hormones. Nobody will ever need an abortion again, wouldn't that be amazing?

    January 22, 2014 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  6. Fish

    The key question about abortion is simple who is the judge??? Men have the advantage of pushing decisions upon the ladies even though we insist that ladies can't make decisions!!! Thus the abortion issue is hypocrisy on steroids, literally as once the urge hits a man thy will climb a mountain for satisfaction while the day after they will likewise climb another for escape. I contend that because ladies make the decisions to partner with a man the decisions afterward should also be made by the ladies as they are the ONLY people who suffer the consequences!!! And if she decides for whatever reason it was not right, the so be it!!! She is and always will be the best judge!!!

    January 22, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  7. silencedogood20

    @what1ever–Europe has more restrictive abortion laws than we do, doofus.

    January 22, 2014 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  8. silencedogood20

    @What1ever–doofus, Europe has more restrictive abortion laws than we do.

    January 22, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  9. JamesL

    This is why we have such a lousy Congress in this country - too many "one-issue" voters whose votes elect people who do not serve their own best interests, let alone the best interests of the country, but they still get votes because of their anti-abortion stand.

    January 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  10. Equality?

    When will the debate on abortion shift to a man's responsibility? If sperm is required for a pregnancy, and it was a man's responsibility to protect every little swimmer he produced, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that abortion would never have been born into existence.....

    January 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • PennyDreadful

      @ Equality

      I like the way you think 🙂

      January 24, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  11. TXCitzen2014

    While I completely respect the right of the Little Sisters of the Poor to not have to provide the birth control option... The continued argument that it infringes upon their religious right to be forced to sign a form to opt out is ridiculous. They have to sign a form to claim exemption from taxes as a non-profit organization, so why is that not an infringement upon this same religious right that is being used as a means to attempt to take down ObamaCare?

    January 22, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  12. Furious Syles

    Its all talk and beating of the chest to get your votes, but once they're in office you get the hand. Its such a waste of time and money. If you're Pro-Choice, good for you and yours and if you're Anti-Abortion...good for you and yours. NOBODY else needs or WANTS to know your personal views.

    January 22, 2014 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  13. PeaceMom

    I'm against abortion but it's not the key to my vote. Republicans are anti-abortion. All their right to life policies end at birth. If they were truly pro-life, they would do more to ensure the poor and lower middle class can eek out a reasonable existence with a livable wage that also provides all the basics every human being deserves....shelter, food, health insurance & care, transportation, decent education, etc etc.

    January 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  14. JP

    The religious right got whipped into a frenzy in order to create a voting bloc and it worked perfectly. The Republicans needed issues that would get people to vote against their own interests in every other matter, so gay marriage and abortion rights will be an endless debate as long as the parties need them to pry lazy Americans off their couches and into voting booths. Stop letting them use reproductive and civil rights as a tool rather than forcing them to deal with issues that matter to the whole country. You could do more to prevent abortions by advocating education and career's for women than by citing the bible.

    January 22, 2014 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  15. veep

    If "Abortion" drives your Republican vote, you're a fool.

    You're not saving lives; you're costing even more lost lives in the bigger picture.


    January 22, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  16. what1ever

    Why are we still debating abortion? Every other industrialized, western country takes reproductive rights basically for granted. Our country wants to keep company with places like Iran and Saudi Arabia instead of the U.K. and Japan.

    January 22, 2014 at 5:58 pm | Reply
    • Joseph

      This show reminds me of why cnn is losing me little by little to msnbc. the motto should read "lean right". If a young woman gets raped, should she be required to carry her monster's baby for 9 months, while her hormones and body change to prepare her to care for it??? What does the Bible say about life? it says the breath of life (oxygen) is what brought "dust" to life. I do think a fetus that isn't gestated enough to breathe on it's own, or live in an incubator should be able to be aborted. Children should be wanted, not forced on women.

      January 22, 2014 at 7:27 pm | Reply

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