Brannon says abortion comments misinterpreted

Posted March 13, 2014

U.S. Senate candidate (2014) Dr. Greg Brannon, a Cary Republican

— U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon's campaign says his comments regarding abortion are being taken out of context by a national online magazine. 

"According to North Carolina GOP Senate candidate Greg Brannon, Planned Parenthood has a secret plan to legalize the killing of newborn babies as old as three months," Mother Jones reported this week. That story was echoed in both a brief and an issue story by The Associated Press news service. 

The stories reference comments Brannon made during a Nov. 7 fundraiser for Hand of Hope, a Wake County nonprofit that provides abortion alternatives. Brannon is the group's medical director. US Senate candidate Greg Brannon Brannon speaks to Hands of Hope fundraiser

Brannon has made no secret of his opposition to abortion. Along with state House Speaker Thom Tillis and Charlotte pastor Mark Harris, he is one of the leading Republican primary candidates hoping to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. 

During his November speech, Brannon was attacking the philosophical underpinnings for allowing abortion at any point. 

"How far will that go. Well, last year, Feb. 29, 2012, the Journal of Ethics in Australia, they debated that. They said we already know abortion is fine, why stop in the womb? Why not three months after? Why should we end the responsibility at that point?" Brannon said, according to an audio recording from the event. "It could happen in America. Florida's trying to do it right now and so is Georgia. Planned Parenthood. Because we allowed that slippery slope. Every human being deserves life, liberty and property. It takes some of us who are not being attacked to stand up for those of us who are being attacked."

Planned Parenthood Action Fund Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens told Mother Jones, "These absurd and patently false claims by Greg Brannon demonstrate just how extreme and out of touch he is when it comes to women's health issues, and the rest of the Republican Senate candidates in North Carolina are just as dangerous."

However, Brannon campaign spokesman Reilly O'Neal called the Mother Jones headline "ridiculous and misleading" and said that Brannon's remarks were being misinterpreted.

Brannon was "not claiming that this is law today or that (Planned Parenthood) has a 'secret plan,' but that we are on a slippery slope and we must not devalue human life. All life is precious. We must always ere on the side of life," O'Neal said. 

The Journal of Medical Ethics article received international attention when it was published. The Florida reference, O'Neal said, was related to testimony by a Planned Parenthood official before the Florida legislature regarding a bill dealing with infants born alive despite being subject to an abortion procedure. 

O'Neal also pointed out that Brannon is not the first GOP figure to reference the Florida testimony. It has been the subject of multiple articles by mainly conservative-leaning outlets, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wrote an opinion piece that said mainstream news outlets were ignoring the story.

"Surely, all Americans can agree that a newborn deserves immediate medical care – and, if necessary, emergency care – regardless of the circumstances of birth," Priebus wrote.

Given that Brannon, Tillis and Harris all have taken anti-abortion stands at one time or another, it seems unlikely this particular issue would impact the Republican primary. However, if Brannon wins the primary, it is likely something that Hagan's campaign or her allies will raise this fall.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 17, 2014

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    The first line in the article that you posted says this "Insurance companies working under the Obamacare umbrella have secretly added..."

    1- These are Private Corporations doing what their business model says will work for them.

    2- Where are the actions of these Private Corporations endorsed in any way by any politician?

    3- Are you suggesting that *you* should be able to tell private corporations what they can and cannot do to make money with more government regulations? How does this fit into any sort of "less government" philosophy?

    4- If Christians use their religion to drive laws that restrict a woman's right to choose like this, why can other religions not do the same? What is that whole anti-Sharia Law initiative by Republicans to stop Muslims? How is that equal and fair treatment under the law?...since this is just Sharia Law for Christianity?

  • Charlie Watkins Mar 15, 2014
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    Brannon needs to lighten up on the rhetoric as he tries to fire up the troops. Just because the crowd is cheering does not mean that normal people approve of the stupid message.

    But typical of the dying Tea Party. Brannon was their last hope and that definitely is not working out well at all. Not well at all.

  • Pensive01 Mar 14, 2014

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    Well of course he has to claim that it was an attack, or that it was somehow misinterpreted. It entirely defeats the purpose of backpedalling and denial to admit that what was printed was actually accurate.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 14, 2014

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    Please explain how any of this is an “attack” on Brannon...

    Brannon said, “They said we already know abortion is fine, why stop in the womb? Why not three months after?...It could happen in America. Florida's trying to do it right now and so is Georgia. Planned Parenthood.”

    AP article quote: “Brannon...said that killing babies who survived abortions could happen in America.”

    Mother Jones quote: “Greg Brannon, Planned Parenthood has a secret plan to legalize the killing of newborn babies as old as three months.”

  • Ty Shrake Mar 14, 2014
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    "Sir or Ma'am, would you please provide a source? Because I think what you're saying is simply not true." - OLENCNATIVE

    Secret abortion fees hidden in Obamacare premiums:


    The Affordable Care Act’s section on abortion, 18023(E)(3)(A), mandates that insurance companies “shall provide a notice to enrollees, only as part of the summary of benefits and coverage explanation, at the time of enrollment, of such coverage.”

    Subsection (B) authorizes a “collect from each enrollee in the plan a separate payment” for abortion services in order to “deposit all such separate payments into separate allocation accounts.”

    Do your homework.

  • Olenc Native Mar 14, 2014
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    He said it. How is this part of a plan? How can you plan for someone else to say something?

  • Proudly Unaffiliated Mar 14, 2014
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    All part of the plan to smear and destroy Greg Brannon. The more success he has, the more of a threat he becomes. Anything will be said and done to make him look as kooky/dangerous/unhinged as possible. A man of principle will always be the biggest target in the room.

    Brannon threatens the corrupt status quo of both parties. The attacks against him can only increase.

  • djfreaky Mar 14, 2014

    Again, when are Republican candidates going to deal with issues that all of the NC unemployed actually feel is important? All I saw were campaign signs, posters and mailers from the right talking about JOBS JOBS JOBS during the last election cycle, and if we elected THEM, they'd get busy putting folks BACK TO WORK. Suddenly it's back to "Abortion" and all of the other "hot button" issues unintelligent voters seem to love to get caught up in. Just look at all of the comments here all concerned about who has a right to do what with whatever. If you are looking for a more uninformed, illiterate electorate, you don't need to go much further than about 2 miles outside of any large metropolitan area of our state. It's been that way for decades, but now the internet makes it much easier for those of a superstitions bent to express their "opinions" about almost everything under the sun online. And PROVE to everyone that a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  • Terry Watts Mar 14, 2014
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    Yes, both are truly horrible statistics... But they don't negate the legality of either abortion or the war...

  • veryfrustrated1 Mar 14, 2014

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    Well US abortions totals have averaged about 1,250,000 per year over the last 40 years in the US reaching about 53 million since 1973. The total population of Iraq is a little better than 30 million, with estimates of total war related casualties since 2003 totaling between 100,000 & 1 million, depending on who you ask. It is likely that a worse case would be that 25% of the total war casualties are children of any age. So that means that in the US, that the left kills about 5 times more babies each year than were killed over the 10 year war period. Both are awful numbers to consider. Don't you agree?!