“Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt Thursday morning celebrated Alabama’s new law banning nearly all abortions, and the Missouri Senate’s overnight passage of a bill banning abortion at 8 weeks, both of which are unconstitutional.
Earhardt opened her segment by attacking “2020 Democrats pouncing on Alabama’s abortion bill,” which is actually now Alabama’s abortion law, and the just-passed Missouri bill. She “asks” her guest if these “signs that the pro-life movement is continuing to grow in our country?”
Her guest was anti-abortion activist Kathryn Glenn Foster, head of Americans United for Life.
What Earhardt did not do is offer a single fact about support for abortion in America.
She did offer some false facts, however, by asking her guest, “Why are the Democrats, why are the media, why are they hitting so hard against these states [passing abortion bans] when this is what the voters want?”
Roughly the same number of Americans support banning abortion as did support the Iraq War through its nadir. Conservative media, prominently including Fox News, consistently props up this alternate universe where banning abortion is popular. The gaslighting never stops. pic.twitter.com/IiKgVloo7q
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) May 16, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
Here are a few quick stats.
According to Gallup, 56% of Americans are pro-choice, just 44% are anti-abortion.
That right there seems should cause Fox News to issue a retraction on Earhardt’s claim that “voters want” abortion bans.
But terms like “pro-choice” and so-called “pro-life” don’t do justice to what voters want.
48% of Americans say abortion is “morally wrong,” but just 20% say it should be illegal.
There’s more, too.
Only 18% of Americans say abortion should be illegal in all cases.
29% say legal under any circumstance, and 50% say only under certain circumstances.
As far as Earhardt and Foster’s claims that Americans are increasingly supportive of banning abortion, that too is false.
There is no state in the country where support for banning abortion reaches even 25 percent. (Data for Progress analysis of the 2016 Cooperative Congressional Election Studies) pic.twitter.com/lrOxU0eNaz
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Gallup’s polling on abortion spans five decades, back to 1975.
Here’s what folks said back then, two years after Roe v. Wade was decided.
Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances: 22%.
Abortion should be legal under any circumstance: 21%.
Abortion should be legal only under certain circumstances: 54%.
Over the decades and years, all these numbers have remained astonishingly consistent, varying just a few percentage points up and down, year after year.
When Fox News says voters want these bans and when their guest says Americans are increasingly becoming “pro-life,” their words are inaccurate and incorrect. These numbers prove that.
Democrat moves to impeach Trump immediately following House condemning president’s racism
Immediately following the House of Representatives voting to condemn racist remarks by President Donald Trump, a Democrat introduced a privileged motion to impeach the president.
Rep. Al Green (D-TX) gave an impassioned speech to begin impeachment proceedings for Trump committing high crimes and misdemeanors.
"Therefore, Donald John Trump, by causing such harm to the society of the United States, is unfit to be president and warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office," he said.
Trump ‘reached into the Genesis chapter of the bigot’s bible’ to attack the Squad: journalist
On Tuesday, journalist Jamil Smith wrote a column scorching President Donald Trump's attacks on "The Squad," as an act of utmost bigotry — and narcissism.
"Trump would surely love to run against these four women in 2020 rather than an actual opponent, positioning them all as racial bogeymen," wrote Smith. "It's a royal flush for his racist campaign: two black women, including one who wears a hijab and is a Somali refugee; a boricua from the Bronx; and a first-generation Palestinian-American from Detroit."
House of Representatives votes for resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s racism
President Donald Trump was condemned by the House of Representatives on Tuesday for his racist attacks on young women of color in Congress.
The resolution was passed with the support of every Democrat. The final vote was 240-187.
The text said "Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color."
The resolved that the body "strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America."