Carly Fiorina to keynote anti-abortion group’s gala

Carly Fiorina, California’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 2010, will give the keynote address at the 40th anniversary gala of Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion-rights group.

Fiorina 6-17-10 in Sacramento (AP Photo)The former Hewlett Packard CEO, 57, of Los Altos Hills, will deliver the speech Nov. 2 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Fiorina was named in July as a vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, charged with fundraising for GOP candidates in the 2012 cycle.

“As the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, Carly Fiorina has lived a life of accomplishment and achievement that beautifully demonstrates that being pro-life is pro-woman,” AUL President and CEO Charmaine Yoest said in a news release issued early this morning. “We are honored to have Carly articulate her vision of moving forward toward restoring a culture of life while celebrating AUL’s four decades of pro-life victories.”

AUL’s release said the gala will celebrate “the accomplishments of four decades serving as the nation’s premier pro-life legal team and as the source of much of the pro-life model legislation that has had such an impact across the country.” It lists among its milestones successfully defending the Hyde Amendment before the U.S. Supreme Court, “establishing the intellectual groundwork for fetal homicide laws enacted in 37 states,” reducing abortions state by state through its model legislation, leading the fight against assisted suicide and testifying in state legislatures and the last two U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

The event’s honorary co-chairs are House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.; U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; and Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Individual tickets cost $500 each while sponsorships range up to $25,000, all available online.

Fiorina outlined her anti-abortion stance to the San Francisco Chronicle in April 2010:

“I myself was not able to have children of my own, and so I know what a precious gift life is,” Fiorina said. She helped raised two stepchildren, the daughters of her second husband, Frank Fiorina. One, Lori Ann Fiorina, 35, died last year.

“My husband’s mother was told to abort him,” Fiorina said. “She spent a year in the hospital after his birth. My husband is the joy of her life, and he is the rock of my life. So those experiences have shaped my view.

“I recognize that a lot of women disagree with me on that,” Fiorina said. “But I also know that women in general are not single-issue voters. When I talk to women on this, it’s not the issue that is on the table in this election.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Raul

    Fiorina, like many modern CEO’s, really excelled at moving US jobs overseas. CEO’s move job overseas, they then congradulkate themselves for a job well done, and the corporate boards of directors decide they deserve a raise from 30 million to 30 million annually. Meanwhile, the taxpayers often get stuck paying the unemployment, food stamps, and welfare – along with the health care – of these displaced workers, who often can’t get any job, let alone one that pays a living wage. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough of these Carly Fiorina types, let’s raise taxes on these CEO’s, it’s time they felt some of the pain they are causing US workers.

  • Publius


    How wrong you are Raul. CEO’s don’t move jobs overseas, you do. You look to purchase cheap products right? Given a choice of two products of equal quality you would chose the cheaper one right? Blame yourself or those forces that are driving up the costs before you lash out at someone for reacting to the natural forces of the market.

    The solution for the American worker is not higher taxes. Capitalism has brought a higher standard of living to more people than any other system in the history of the world. We have bastardized the system so much that it is broke. Stop borrowing, stop over spending, stop complaining, take your bedroom slippers off and get your work boots on! Down size government, de-regulate, unleash the individual, stop the handouts, produce more energy here and you will see the plight of the working man improve. Your higher tax solution will only increase the size of governmnt, drive away business, and create a permanent high unemployment rate. 8 out of the top ten cities with the highest unemployment in the United States are in California. It is clear your way thinking is wrong.

  • John W

    Re #2

    If people had the option of buying quality “made in America” products, I think you’d be surprised how many would be willing to pay more. I’m surprised that some entrepreneurs have not pursued the idea. I’m a big believer in free trade. When the Japanese started taking market share from American auto manufacturers, they did it based on higher quality products and innovative manufacturing processes (along with a bit of dumping). That’s great — real capitalist competition. Where we jumped the shark was when free international trade and competition morphed into globalization based primarily on seeking out the cheapest labor. It’s one thing if organized labor gets too big for its britches and runs up the cost of manufacturing beyond reason (which happened in the Detroit auto industry). It’s another thing to build a business on what amounts to off-shore slave labor and for government to enable that. Building the Bay Bridge components in China? That really helps the California economy.