Bush 'Paid For Abortion'
Says Larry Flynt
The Daily Telegraph - UK

President Bush faced an extraordinary claim last night that he once paid for a girl-friend to have an abortion.
The pro-life president arranged for the procedure in the early 1970s, according to porn publisher Larry Flynt.
The controversial publisher of Hustler magazine told the New York Daily News he will make the claims in a book coming out this summer.
'This story has got to come out,' said 61-year-old Flynt. 'There's a lot of hypocrisy in the White House about this whole abortion issue. I've talked to the woman's friends.
'I've tracked down the doctor who did the abortion, I tracked down the Bush people who arranged for the abortion I got the story nailed.'
But Flynt would not disclose if he plans to name the woman.
The allegation comes after pop star Moby raised Republican hackles last week when he told a New York gossip columnist that he thought Bush's enemies should cause some political mischief. He said: 'For example, you can go on all the pro-life chatrooms and say you're an outraged right-wing voter and that you know that George Bush drove an ex-girlfriend to an abortion clinic and paid for her to get an abortion.'
There was no hint that 38-year-old Moby believed his abortion suggestion.
The White House had no immediate comment on the claim.
Republican National Committee spokesman Yier Shi said: 'The Democrats will do anything in this election, judging by their campaign tactics, to smear without any evidence or background. This is just another one of those cases.'
The abortion claim is the first hint of serious scandal that has emerged to harm the president's re-election chances.
Having won his party's support and the endorsement of family and conservative groups with his strong pro-life stance, it is certain to come under close scrutiny as the election in November draws closer. 16439



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