Abortion Rights Supporter Says He Lied
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 26) -- One of the key points at issue during last year's debate about late-term abortions was just how often the procedure is performed. Now an abortion rights advocate has admitted he lied in a November 1995 "Nightline" interview when he said it was rarely performed. Ron Fitzsimmons, director of a coalition of abortion providers in Alexandria, Va., told The New York Times he lied because he feared the truth would hurt abortion rights supporters' cause. Fitzsimmons said he "lied through my teeth" and it made him physically ill.
FBI Raids U.S.-Thai Business Group
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 26) -- Armed with a subpoena seeking files of documents, FBI agents raided the offices of the U.S.-Thai Business Council earlier this week as part of the Justice Department's continuing investigation into campaign finance irregularities. A program manager with the organization said the agents took many documents, but would not be more specific. The business council has been closely associated with Pauline Kanchanalak, a central figure in the fund-raising controversy since more than $250,000 in contributions from her were returned by the Democrats. The raid occurred Monday.
Rep. Coburn Backtracks On 'Schindler's' Comments
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 26) -- Rep. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who earlier ripped NBC for showing "Schindler's List" during family viewing time, today apologized for appearing insensitive to Holocaust atrocities. Coburn said his concern was for unsupervised children who might have watched the movie, which included violence and nudity, but that he didn't make the point as well as he should have. Several fellow Republicans criticized Coburn's comments, saying he had ignored the distinction between gratuitous violence and nudity and realism necessary to tell a story. NBC West Coast president Don Ohlmeyer said Coburn's original statement "should send a chill through every intelligent and fair-minded person in America." NBC and Ford, which sponsored the commercial-free showing of the film, won praise for showing the Oscar-winning film to its largest audience ever.
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