Missouri state Rep. Mike Moon (R) argued this week that he had the right “as a former embryo” to strip abortion rights from women.
On Tuesday, Missouri’s House Committee on Children and Families debated House Joint Resolution 98, a personhood measure that would ban abortion by adding constitutional protections for “unborn human children at every stage of biological development.”
Although opponents of the bill pointed out that it would likely be struck down based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, Moon insisted that fetuses should be offered constitutional protections afforded to all citizens.
According to the Missourian, Moon showed the committee a video of a fetus that had developed human characteristics like hands and a face.
“A precious sight, I think most of us would agree,” Moon said of the image. “The more you look at that, the more you have to realize that that is a human being.”
After comparing abortion to the enslavement of African-Americans, Moon reportedly drew laughter from the room when he revealed the foundation of his knowledge of human reproduction.
“As a former embryo myself, I would like protection for all embryos,” he declared.
But St. Louis family physician Ed Weisbart testified that there was no scientific consensus about when life began.
“I know there’s nothing I can say today that will alter your opinion about when life begins,” Weisbart told the committee. “But I’m hopeful I can convince you that unlike what we’ve heard recently, this is just an opinion and not a scientific fact.”
Carl Bernstein: There are 7-9 ‘wobbly’ Republicans who want witnesses but Mitch McConnell is trying to block them
In a CNN panel discussion Wednesday, notorious Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein revealed that there are seven to nine Republican senators who are wavering after the compelling argument that the House has provided for the impeachment. The problem, however, is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is refusing to allow any break from the party line.
"I think this is a hugely damaging narrative that was laid out today, and that Mitch McConnell understands, and has understood for a while that this hugely damaging narrative was going to affect his members," said Bernstein. "And that his strategy -- I've talked to some Republicans about this -- #MidnightMitch is to wear out his own members so that they don't vote for more witnesses because there are six, seven, eight, nine wobbly Republicans."
Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial
Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.
The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.
"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"
Conservative says Republicans won’t want to stop confirming right-wing judges just to hear witnesses in impeachment
Conservative CNN commentator Scott Jennings was asked about Sen. John Kennedy's (R-LA) comments that most senators were hearing the facts of the trial for the first time Wednesday night.
“I’ve learned a lot. Everybody has. Senators didn’t know the case,” Kennedy admitted. “They really didn’t.”
He claimed that nine out of ten senators learned something new and the tenth is lying.
Jennings dismissed the information, saying that whatever happens in the trial, senators won't want to "shut down the Senate" just to hear witnesses. He claimed that President Donald Trump's legal team would make that argument to the senators.