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:
‘I don’t care’: Watch Kamala Harris shut down Chris Hayes for asking a dumb question about Trump
Sen. Kamala Harris shut down MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes during a post-debate interview on Tuesday evening.
Hayes questioned Harris about her call for Twitter to follow their terms of service and kick President Donald Trump off of the platform.
"Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?" Hayes asked.
"Absolutely," Harris replied.
"Do you think he knows that?" Hayes asked.
"Does it matter?" Harris replied.
"The fact is he did it. The fact is that he is irresponsible, he is erratic," she explained. "He is like a 2-year-old with a machine gun."
Democrats blast Trump and demand his impeachment at CNN debate
Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, saying the president has broken the law, abused his power, and deserves to be impeached.
From the opening moments, most of the dozen candidates on stage launched fierce broadsides against Trump over the Ukrainian scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.
"The impeachment must go forward," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is neck and neck with former vice president Joe Biden at the head of the 2020 nominations race.
"Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences," she thundered.
Bernie Sanders says Democrats who ‘don’t have the guts’ to battle on healthcare ‘should be ashamed’
During a portion of Tuesday night's Democratic debate focused on healthcare, Sen. Bernie Sanders interjected to castigate some of his 2020 primary rivals -- namely former vice president Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg—for again repeating right-wing talking points against Medicare for All and defending the primacy of the for-profit insurance industry.
"I get a little bit tired, I must say, of people defending a system which is dysfunctional, which is cruel," Sanders said, as he cast glances at Biden and Buttigieg. "Eighty-seven million uninsured, thirty-thousand people dying every single year, five-hundred thousand going bankrupt—for what reason?—they came down with cancer."