A group of four-year-olds on a field trip to the botanical gardens were waylaid by candidate Carly Fiorina to sit at her feet as she spoke about abortion and harvesting baby parts.
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If good judgement is a prerequisite for being president, Carly Fiorina has disqualified herself.
The Republican presidential candidate is being skewered for personally leading a group of preschoolers into her “Right To Life” forum at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden last week. Fiorina had the tots sit at her feet as she stood in front of a giant poster of a fetus (photo right) and warned a gathering of around 60 adult supporters about the what she sees as the horrors of abortion.
Fiorina, who is polling at 1% in Iowa, has put her opposition to abortion front and center in her flagging campaign. The former Hewlett Packer CEO is still touting videos selectively edited to show Planned Parenthood doctors discussing the sale of fetal tissue, even though their veracity has been refuted, and they are the subject of a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood.
Perhaps her campaign made the calculation that the videos might be good enough to convince the preschool crowd?
The four-year-olds, who came to see the pretty flowers, ended up as stage props, scattered around Ms. Fiorina looking confused and bored as she discussed her support for the Unborn Child Protection Act, and for defunding Plant Parenthood.
"Planned Parenthood clinics were altering late-term abortion techniques for the purposes of harvesting body parts," ranted Fiorina, as the kids fidgeted nervously.
In the middle of Fiorina's speech, an anti-abortion activist joined the candidate on the makeshift stage to show off a model of four-month-old fetus, sucking its thumb.
“This is the face of abortion,” the activist told the crowd, including the captive children.
The Guardian reported about fifteen kids were stuck in the meeting for about an hour. Predictably, many of the parents of those children were not happy campers.
“The kids went there to see the plants,” said Chris Beck, the father of four-year-old Chatham. “She ambushed my son’s field trip. Taking them into a pro-life/abortion discussion [was] very poor taste and judgment."
I think most parents, whether pro-life or pro-choice, would agree with Mr. Beck's assessment. Inviting four and five-year-olds into a discussion of abortion is "very poor taste and judgement." But the campaign thinks it was fine and dandy. A Fiorina spokeswoman said in an email:
“We were happy that these children chose to come to Carly’s event with their adult supervisor.”
Photos are screenshots from YouTube