Virtually no one — left, right, or center — is comfortable with late term abortions except when the mother’s life or health is in danger. The idea of aborting an 8-month-old fetus for convenience (something no one would really do, but it makes a great bogey man to push Democrats down slippery slopes) is deeply disturbing to the vast majority of Americans in a way that aborting a 10-week-old fetus is not.
He needed to come out stronger on the “no one would really do” thing. Here’s how you put it: It’s already illegal, it’s settled law, and bringing it up is only done to distract people. It’s a way for the anti-choice movement to get people bent out shape and distract from the fact that they’re the ones who are really extremists, who think that sperm have more right than people and you shouldn’t have a right to condoms or the birth control pill. There’s only two providers in the country for later term abortions, and they work well before the “8 month” mark, and on women who have medical crisises that could happen to any of us.
Pro-choicers, please understand that if you engage the topic of late term abortions, you need to be very clear on what evil motherfuckers the people who dwell on this topic are. I did a segment on Reality Cast this week on it, and it’s safe to say that if Americans are uncomfortable with fictional abortions, they should be really uncomfortable with how mendacious and disturbed the people who push on this issue are. Jill Stanek, who is the main source of this “Obama is pro-infanticide” nonsense, is so crazy and such a liar that she actually (listen to the podcast) claims that services offered by hospitals to help people cope with medically necessary late term abortions (which are the only kind there are) and stillbirths are there to comfort dead babies. In other words, she’s so fetus-and-zygote obsessed that it either never occurs to her that parents of a stillborn might have feelings or she doesn’t care, because they’re members of the actually breathing population, and thus don’t matter. And a lot of grieving parents are women, of course, so they double plus don’t count as people.
There’s no reason that we have to be squirmy on this issue. Anti-choicers are exploiting the grieving parents that have lost wanted children/wanted pregnancies, full stop. What kind of monsters do that?
After many years and many server changes and finally landing here at Raw Story, which has taken very good care of us, it's time to say goodbye to Pandagon. I've been blogging under this banner for ten years, after Jesse Taylor asked me to join. He, in turn, had been running this joint since he was in college. A lot has changed since then. I became a journalist, moved from Austin to New York and learned to play Dungeons & Dragons. Jesse became a lawyer and, just this past weekend, a married man.
Carly Fiorina defends her lie with a whole bunch of lies
I do like it when Republican candidates sport a resume full of corporate executive work, because it really shows the public how many fools and idiots coast into that position not on merit but on their bullshitting abilities. Donald Trump, Herman Cain, and now we have Carly Fiorina, who just can't understand why her perceived underlings (voters, journalists) won't scurry away, pretending to accept her bullshit like former employees of hers had to do, lest they lost their jobs.
And so it goes that Fiorina, who could make this entire Planned Parenthood controversy go away by saying something like, "I may have misremembered the video, but I still think abortion is wrong," instead is doubling and tripling down. And every time she does, she lies more and more. She was on Meet the Press and, so enamored of the idea that she is perfect and could never do anything wrong, just went to town with the defensive posturing.
Marco Rubio has an astoundingly low opinion of women’s intelligence
At RH Reality Check, I covered this story that I wish was getting more press, about how Marco Rubio goes back and forth between suggesting that women who get abortions are greedy monsters who get pregnant for cash:
I just think you’ve created an industry now … a situation where very much, you’ve created an incentive for people not just to look forward to having more abortions, but being able to sell that fetal tissue for purposes—these centers—for purposes of making a profit off it, as you’ve seen in some of these Planned Parenthood affiliates.