The 10 Dumbest Things Ever Said About Abortion and Women’s Rights
As long as abortion restrictions and bans continue to be rammed through state legislatures and introduced on Capitol Hill, it seems that anti-choice zealots will continue making headlines with their bizarre, scientifically incorrect and downright cruel remarks. Whether they’re confusing the basics of female anatomy, making offensive comparisons to historical tragedies, trivializing rape or labeling pro-choice politicians “terrorists,” these anti-abortion crusaders - led by a hee-hawing band of actual elected officials - could populate a thousand lists of epically dumb comments. Here’s a sampling of the most ill-informed, borderline delusional and flat-out misogynist statements from the so-called “pro-life” movement:
1. Texas State Senator Wendy Davis is a “terrorist” because she filibustered an anti-choice bill.
Earlier this summer, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis stood up in her now iconic pink sneakers for a marathon filibuster session, essentially to keep the state’s abortion clinics open. Abortion rights groups cheered, while even her opponents - who later passed the restrictive laws anyway - had to acknowledge she was formidable. Except for one guy, Texas Rep. Bill Zedler, who tweeted of Davis’ efforts, “we had terrorist [sic] in the Senate.” The deep irony is that abortion-related terrorism does exist: When anti-choice extremists murder abortion providers like Kansas doctor George Tiller to advance their political agenda, that fits the actual definition of terrorism. Speaking peacefully on the floor of a state legislature, on the other hand, really does not.
2. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”