The Media Lied To Voters By Telling Them Conor Lamb Is Pro-Life

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Like many DC politicos, I was up late last night awaiting the results of the Pennsylvania special election between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone.

Shortly before 11 PM, I fired off a tweet arguing that a Lamb victory wouldn’t be evidence of a Democratic “blue wave” because he ran on relatively conservative pro-gun and pro-life policies in a blue-collar district.

It turns out that I was wrong — but only because, despite popular misconception, Lamb isn’t pro-life at all.

Throughout the night, I had heard claims that Lamb is pro-life across the cable news channels playing in my office.

On Fox News, Marc Thiessen claimed that Lamb is a “pro-life, pro-gun, pro-fracking, anti-Nancy Pelosi Democrat.” Mark Preston on CNN compared Lamb to former PA governor Bob Casey, a “pro-life Democrat.”

Others were a bit more honest about Lamb’s stance on abortion, such as CNN’s Kirsten Powers, who called him “personally pro-life.”

Of course, the word “personally” is key here.

Lamb is a Catholic who claims to be personally opposed to abortion but politically pro-choice. When asked if he would support a 20-week ban on abortion, he said, “I just want to say, I don’t use the term ‘pro-life’ to describe what I personally believe, because that’s a political term.”

“I come from a Catholic background, (but) choice is the law of the land,” he said.  

Lamb’s wishy-washy answer was intended to deceive members of the media and even Republican leaders into believing that “personally pro-life” and “pro-life” are the same thing. The invocation of his Catholic faith was intended to deceive conservative voters that he was, well, actually Catholic.

But Lamb’s insistence that he would never personally procure an abortion doesn’t make Lamb any more pro-life than your average Planned Parenthood doctor.

Lamb believes human life begins at conception as the Church teaches, yet he doesn’t seem to understand that he also has a moral obligation to prevent other people from destroying life. His current position is akin to saying, “I am personally against murder, but I would never tell someone else that they are not allowed to murder.”

Unfortunately, the nuance of Lamb’s position on abortion disappeared in popular media and he quickly became known as the “pro-life Democrat.”

The real trouble comes in when one considers how many voters could have been easily fooled by Lamb’s dishonesty, and by the media’s inability or unwillingness to report the truth. Voters deserve to know the true positions of the people they are voting to put in office.

The views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of CatholicVote.org

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Amber Athey covers media and breaking news for The Daily Caller and is a columnist for CatholicVote.org. Prior to joining TheDC, Amber reported on instances of liberal bias and abuse for Campus Reform and was a member of the 2016-17 Koch Associate Program. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Government and Economics from Georgetown University in 2016. While in school, Amber chaired the GU College Republicans and the Club Field Hockey team. Follow her on Twitter @amber_athey.

6 Comments

  1. Rob Schroeder on

    Rick Saccone unequivocally supports the use of torture, which the Catholic Church unequivocally calls a threat to life. Didn’t CatholicVote endorse him?

  2. Debra Boldosser on

    I agree that the MSM wasn’t honest but I can’t remember the last time they presented balanced reporting. I personally was a contributor to Rick Saccone and do not live in that area of PA for voting purposes. My issue is putting the blame where it belongs…lukewarm Catholics who do not educate themselves before voting. I don’t buy that they were “duped” into believing he is Pro-Life I think they don’t care what Holy Mother Church teaches. I was sickened during the last election with all the Hillary bumper stickers on vehicles in the church parking lot every Sunday morning.

  3. Joseph Jablonski on

    Bob Case a pro-life democrat??????? NO FREAKIN’ WAY. Maybe his father was. Many people are duped.

  4. Why didn’t you write this article before the election so more people would have been correctly about his true stance on life issues? It does no good to inform people after the election.

  5. Cedrik Thibert on

    This is just so awfully wrong. A lot of this has been started by Trump and now Truth no longer matters… America shouldn’t sink to Trump and Lamb’s level otherwise this Nation will destroy itself. America is in grave danger…

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