- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem says Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is “damaging” to women for her Planned Parenthood comments last week at the Republican debate.

“I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes,” Ms. Fiorina said during the Fox News debate, referring to a series of “sting” videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. “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.”

Ms. Steinem called Ms. Fiorina’s statement “a 100 percent lie.”

“Trump’s greatest damage to women was to raise sympathy for Carly Fiorina by attacking her appearance,” Ms. Steinem wrote. “What she said about Planned Parenthood was a 100 percent lie — as fact-checkers have pointed out — and she accused Hillary Clinton of lying when she was in fact telling the truth. If you thought Republicans could find no woman more damaging to the diversity and needs of the female half of this country than Sarah Palin, take a good look at Carly Fiorina and what she stands for.”

Since the debate, several fact-checkers have concluded that the footage Ms. Fiorina described does not exist in the Planned Parenthood videos. Faced with those reports, Ms. Fiorina doubled down last week, telling an ABC host, “I have seen those images.”

On “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace asked Ms. Fiorina: “Do you acknowledge what every fact-checker has found, that as horrific as that scene is, it was only described on the video by someone who claimed to have seen it? There is no actual footage of the incident that you just mentioned?”

“No, I don’t accept that at all,” she responded. “I’ve seen the footage. And I find it amazing, actually, that all these supposed fact-checkers in the mainstream media claim this doesn’t exist. They’re trying to attack the authenticity of the videotape.”

Ms. Steinem’s post on Facebook has racked up more than 29,000 likes and 13,000 shares since it was posted Friday. In June, Mark Halperin of Bloomberg questioned Ms. Fiorina about women in U.S. history that she considered a personal hero, and Ms. Steinem’s name came up, The New York Times reported.

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