Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver devoted the majority of Sunday’s broadcast to a devastating exposé of Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers laws, cobbled together by anti-choice lawmakers. The so-called TRAP laws are used by conservatives to place absurd restrictions on women’s health clinics for the express purpose of keeping women from getting legal and safe abortions.
Oliver began the segment by pointing out that 19 percent of Americans polled on abortion feel it should not be available under any circumstances. He then suggested that any viewers who felt that way were “excused from watching” — before inviting them to return minutes before the show ended to see video of baby sloths lolling in a tub as a peace offering.
Pointing out “abortion cannot be theoretically legal, it has to be literally accessible,” Oliver shared a montage of clips of conservative state lawmakers all stating that their restrictive abortion laws were intended to ostensibly “protect women’s health.”
What followed was a comprehensive run-down on oppressive anti-choice laws that have left four states with a single clinic each offering abortions, absurd mandates requiring clinics to have 8-foot-wide corridors, and waiting periods that put the lives — and the livelihoods — of women at risk.
One doctor is shown explaining to his patients that state law mandates that he tell them abortion can cause breast cancer — before adding, “There is not a shred of scientific evidence to prove that,” and then stating that the state can’t keep him from telling them the truth.
In one brutal segment a health care worker recalled a patient who was stymied by so many onerous restrictions that she asked for instructions on how to self-induce an abortion using “what was in her kitchen cabinets.”
That story, a horrified Oliver said, showed anti-choice lawmakers had gone “too f*cking far.”
Wrapping up the segment, the host welcomed back the 19 percent anti-choice viewers with the promised tub of sloths, before exasperatedly blurting out, “What the f*ck is wrong with you?”
Watch the video below from Last Week Tonight:
Joy Reid says Trump ‘pulled a full Charlottesville’ by ‘fanning the flames’ of racism and ethno-nationalism
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"In what is an astonishingly scandal-ridden presidency, populated by an astonishingly strange cast of characters, he remains one of the most unsettling figures in all of Trump world. Again, to be clear, to disambiguate here, we are not talking about Jeffrey Epstein, seen here with the president, who is also now in custody awaiting child sex trafficking charges," Maddow explained. "No, this is a whole different guy who you can see in this picture with the president who is now in federal custody awaiting a different set of sex trafficking charges as well as serious child porn charges and not for the first time."
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Waters, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, was interviewed on MSNBC by Chris Hayes.
"I want to switch gears on the last question here, just to talk about what’s happened over the last several days with the president’s attacks on your colleagues, the chants of 'Send her Back,' which the president sort of very, very tepidly and meekly sort of disavowed yesterday, but then essentially reavowed today when given an opportunity to talk about it, he sort of reembraced his supporters who were chanting that," Hayes noted.