A new Alabama law will protect those who can’t protect themselves, Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams reported on Thursday — until the day they’re born.
“You have a crazy-a*s job, sir. I don’t know what’s in the realm of possibility, and what’s in the realm of not possible,” Williams told attorney Julian McPhillips, who is allowed to represent unborn fetuses under a provision in House Bill 494.
The law, which was passed last July, allows judges to appoint lawyers to challenge teen mothers seeking a court waiver in order to have an abortion.
Alabama ACLU director Susan Watson told Williams that the guardian ad litem, as the attorneys are called, can call witnesses ranging from the unborn fetus’ father to employers in order to testify against the girls seeking the petition.
“In the end, if the teen is allowed to access an abortion, the fetus lawyer can appeal and run out the clock,” Watson explained. “And if they do that, we’ve got a parent.”
“Oh, sh*t,” Williams gasped. “That’s how babies are made in Alabama.”
McPhillips struggled to explain some of his job duties during his own interview with Williams.
“You get a call from a fetus seeking legal representation,” she said, before asking, Then what happens?”
“I cannot get a call from a fetus, let alone legal representation,” McPhillips replied.
“So how do you meet in confidentiality with your client?” Williams asked as a follow-up.
“Of course, if you’ve got an unborn child in somebody else’s womb, I cannot communicate with it directly,” he responded, before sniping. “You know better than to ask the question.”
Watch Williams’ report, as posted online on Thursday, below.
Tongue-tied GOP strategist crashes and burns on-air while trying to deny Trump’s racism
Republican strategist Amy Tarkanian crashed and burned on CNN on Saturday while attempting to deny President Donald Trump's racism.
"I do not believe that the president’s tweets were racist. I do believe they were not well thought out. He needs that extra, 'Are you sure?' button on Twitter," Tarkanian argued.
"I'm a black man, I'm a Republican and a black man," the Rev. Joe Watkins interjected. "My mother's an immigrant, I would be angry if someone said that to my mother."
"Oh, it’s very offensive. But he did not say, because you are this color, go back to where you came from," Tarkanian argued. "I’m not supporting that tweet. Was it racist? No. Was it stupid? Yes."
Trump supporter blames Democrats for being targeted by the president: ‘Why is that racist?’
CNN interviewed a supporter of President Donald Trump in Eau Claire, Wisconsin who refused to acknowledge the racism in the president's "Go Back" attacks on four women of color in Congress.
The network interviewed Kerri Krumenauer of Wiersgalla Plumbing & Heating Company about Trump's attacks.
"How is it racist?" she asked.
"If you don't like this country, get out," she demanded. "Leave!"
She then showed how misinformed she was about the incident.
"He didn't use any names -- they stood up," she falsely claimed. In fact, Trump did use names and the targets did not stand up as they were not at his North Carolina campaign rally.
Black GOP strategist called on the carpet by Joy Reid for trying to sidestep Trump’s racist rally as ’empowering’ voters
An "AM Joy" panel on MSNBC descended into talking over each other as host Joy Reid confronted a black GOP consultant over Donald Trump's racist rally in North Carolina.
Presenting the conservative point of view, Republican strategist Lenny McAllister was asked point-blank by the host, "Lenny, hold on a second, because you as a man of color yourself -- do you feel comfortable in a party that does rallies like that?"
McAllister pushed back saying he had walked away from just those type of events, before admitting, "To the greater point. They're using racism as an avenue through which people feel empowered, they lend you the loyalty, they give you the vote. What Republicans need to do is continue to empower people, but not by using racism and not by using phobia."