Jim Gilmore and the Life Issue

I was out poking around on Jim Gilmore's campaign website and looking at his stand on the issues and, quite frankly, found the information he has posted so far to be quite shallow. I don't see any real depth on any of them. But one thing that stood out was the fact that Jim did not have any mention of the Life Issue!

Now that is not really surprising, since Jim Gilmore is not really pro-life as some would lead us to believe. In fact, Jim profits from the death of babies as was recently pointed out by Choose Life Virginia PAC which took the time to actually do a little research on Jim's position on the Life Issue.

Here is some of what Choose Life Virginia PAC discovered...

Jim Gilmore believes that abortion should be permitted during the first eight weeks of a child’s development. [http://www.ontheissues.org/2008/Jim_Gilmore_Abortion.htm].

Governor Jim Gilmore, Candidate for the U.S. Senate, is on the Board of Directors of Barr Pharmaceuticals. [http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=60908&p=irol-govboard ]

Barr Pharmaceuticals manufactures Plan B, the so-called "Morning after Pill." [AP, August 22, 2007, Sales Soar for Morning After Pill."]

Critics — including Roman Catholic leaders — consider the pill tantamount to abortion . . . [Sales Soar, Supra]

In 2006, George Allen’s mere ownership of Barr Pharmaceutical stock prompted Chris Freund of Family Foundation to publicly criticize his actions: “I think pro-life Virginians would be very confused by this decision to invest in the only producer of the morning-after pill," Freund said. "I think the issue of the morning-after pill really goes to the heart of the abortion debate, and for a lot of pro-life Virginians, this is the issue of the day." [Abortion Foe Allen Faulted for Stock in Morning-After Pill Maker, Washington Post, August 9, 2006

The pill, marketed by Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. as Plan B, was the focus of bitter debate for three years. After repeated delays, the Food and Drug Administration declared on Aug. 24, 2006 that customers 18 and older should be able to buy it in pharmacies without a prescription. [Abortion Foe, supra]

A coalition of conservative groups, including the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America, has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington seeking to reverse the FDA ruling. Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America and their allies have campaigned to educate women about Plan B and pressure national pharmacy chains to make it readily available. [Abortion Foe, supra]

As a member of the board of directors, James Gilmore receives "a combination of cash and equity compensation for service on the Board." [http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=60908&p=irol-govguidelines#Compensation].

"For example, during FY 2003, Jim Gilmore was entitled to $50,000 in quarterly installments of $12,500 each and stock options to purchase 7,500 shares. [http://sec.edgar-online.com/2003/09/26/0000950123-03-010808/Section6.asp].

Barr Pharmaceutical’s principal products are contraceptives, and it manufactures 22 different ones. Contraceptive sales account for 48% of revenues. [http://library.corporate-ir.net/library/60/609/60908/items/217081/AR_06.pdf].

Barr Pharmaceuticals has acquired the "emergency contraceptive known as Plan B from Women’s Capital Corporation (“WCC”), a privately held company that marketed the prescription version of Plan B, an emergency oral contraceptive product. [http://library.corporate-ir.net/library/60/609/60908/items/217081/AR_06.pdf].

Sales of the morning after pill have seen explosive growth, and Barr Pharmaceuticals projects that sales of Plan B will total about $80 million for 2007, almost double the total for 2006 and up eightfold from 2004, when Barr acquired the product as a prescription-only drug. [AP supra].


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