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Despite Pro-Life Stance in 2012, Larry Liston Supported Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Providers in 2010

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Republican state Senate candidate Larry Liston claims on his 2012 campaign website to oppose taxpayer funding for abortions, but he told Planned Parenthood in a 2010 candidate questionnaire that he opposed any and all efforts to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving taxpayer funds.

Liston, who currently serves as a state representative, states on his website in the “Right to Life section” that he “opposes taxpayer funded abortion and partial birth abortion.”  His website also says that he supports parental consent for abortions for minors and that he believes in “the sanctity of life and that life is created at conception.”  However, in a candidate questionnaire prepared by Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, Liston said he supported both taxpayer funding for “family planning services” and continued taxpayer subsidization of abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.

Liston also said he would oppose any effort to eliminate taxpayer funding for abortion providers that was provided by ObamaCare.  The specific question, to which he answered “YES,” asked if he would oppose “any effort to bar Planned Parenthood from federal and state health care funding, including funds available as a result of health care reform legislation.”

Other answers provided by Liston in the Planned Parenthood survey appear to blatantly contradict each other.  Even though he said he would not oppose legislation defining personhood as beginning prior to fetal viability outside the womb, he answered “YES” to the very next question asking if he opposed Amendment 62, a 2010 effort to amend the Colorado Constitution to include a definition of personhood as beginning at conception.

Liston’s support for government funded abortion providers didn’t end in 2010. He held a fundraiser last month for his current campaign hosted by a line of lobbyists, including several that regularly work for groups like NARAL, Planned Parenthood, One Colorado, and the ACLU – all proponents of taxpayer-funded abortion. For example, Fofi Mendez lobbied for American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, and Family Voices. Disclosure filings show that Jeff Thormodsgaard has had One Colorado, Planned Parenthood, and Colorado Center on Law and Policy as clients. Contributor and host Diana Protopapa is currently working with Denver’s NARAL group.

 

Post was updated at 2:51 p.m. providing citations of the lobbyists’ work for pro-abortion organizations.

 

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