That’s right, folks, here’s one of the Republican Party’s top politicians, a Congressman no less, going on the batshit crazy Alex Jones show and agreeing with him that legal abortion has caused God to put a curse on America.
The Denver Post’s John Frank and Lynn Bartels have a jaw-dropping report on the debate between gubernatorial candidates Gov. John Hickenlooper and his batshit crazy Republican rival Bob Beauprez, a microcosm of the sheer insanity that has taken over the GOP, not just in Colorado but across the nation.
Beauprez has clearly been advised by his media consultants to avoid openly opposing contraception (even though he obviously does). So he said:
When it was time for the candidates to ask each other questions, Hickenlooper pressed Beauprez about personhood, abortion and birth control. He asked whether Beauprez would support using public money to reduce abortions and teen pregnancies.
“I have no problem with people using contraception,” Beauprez said.
But then, he said he considers IUDs to be the same as abortions.
“I have a big problem publicly funding contraceptives that are actually abortifacient.”
He said he considered intrauterine devices, a common form of birth control known as IUDs, the equivalent to a drug that causes an abortion.
Just for the record, IUDs work by preventing sperm from reaching eggs in the uterus. Anyone who equates this with an “abortifacient” is, not to put too fine a point on it, a complete anti-choice fanatic, and someone who has no freaking idea how the biological process of conception works.
Gov. Hickenlooper pushed back against this crazy opinion with some facts that I’m sure went completely ignored by Beauprez’s right wing audience.
Hickenlooper touted a state program that helped lower teen birth rates drop by 40 percent in five years after more than 30,000 IUDs and other implants were provided to low-income women at 68 family-planning clinics across Colorado since 2009. The cost was covered by a private anonymous donor.
And then, the subject turned to climate change, and you can probably guess what happened next; yes, Beauprez thinks “powers bigger than us” (read: God) are determining whether climate change destroys the human race, so we should just, I don’t know, pray harder or something.
Asked whether humans were “contributing significantly” to climate change, Beauprez said no. He later quibbled with the word “significantly,” as he acknowledged humans should do everything they can to reduce their impact.
“But are we going to end or alter the path that Earth’s evolution is going to take? I don’t think so,” he said. “I think the Earth’s already figured that out and powers bigger than us have figured that out.”
National Review’s Kevin D. Williamson: Women Who Have Abortions Should Be Hanged, and So Should Doctors
So this morning on Twitter, this happened; National Review writer Kevin D. Williamson made the real “pro-life” agenda very, very clear, expressing his opinion that women who have abortions should be put to death — by hanging. And not just the women; he says the doctor who performs the abortion, the nurses who assist, and the hospital staff who enable it should also be executed.
This was not satire, or a “joke.” He really believes this, as you’ll see if you read the following Twitter collection from the bottom up.
Quite a few people have now jumped into this; here’s a search page for the discussion still raging.
A few more exchanges:
Make no mistake - @KevinNR is not the only conservative who's this twisted. Their agenda is to roll back all progress on women's rights.
.@KevinNR It's telling that you advocate hanging instead of a more humane method of execution. Reveals serious animus.
.@KevinNR Yes, I see the animus, believe me. You don't just want these women to die, you want them to suffer.
@KevinNR A zygote is not a child.
Video: Rachel Maddow on the Horrible SCOTUS Decision Allowing Anti-Choice Protesters to Harass Women
The video included in this clip, showing a group of “pro-life” activists celebrating the murder of a doctor and a clinic escort, is absolutely horrifying.
@Gus_802 Anyone who's ever seen what really goes on when the “pro-life” thugs protest at a clinic knows it's a very threatening atmosphere.
We shouldn't forget that right wing blogs and media sites erupted in celebrations when Dr. Tiller was murdered http://t.co/IMsh8vfNtZ
The murderous agenda of “pro-life” groups like Operation Rescue is not on the right wing fringe. It's mainstream.
Most of these people won't actually pull the trigger themselves, but they form a massive support group for the ones who do.
More comments from conservatives openly celebrating the murder of Dr. Tiller and praising his killer as a hero: http://t.co/OsVJK1O4Bz
A right wing blogger posted this after Dr. Tiller's murder: 'Tiller Was Killed by a Pro-Choice Act' http://t.co/FZkrRfqKoF
Another right wing blogger compared the murderer of Dr. Tiller to the man who tried to assassinate Hitler http://t.co/77MLGn3HcP
After Dr. Tiller's murder, Ann Coulter wrote: 'I Don't Think of It As a Murder' http://t.co/Y37JuxHHRO
“Pro-Life” Activist Advocates Shooting Abortion Providers http://t.co/1KRMRcGg9M
The universal right wing celebrations after Dr. Tiller's murder were a major reason why I had to renounce these monsters.
But only one reason. There were lots of others.
When I look back at these posts from 2009, I remember the absolute horror I felt at the right wing's open celebration of murder.
The video Rachel @maddow showed tonight of “pro-life” activists celebrating murder was absolutely horrifying. I hadn't seen this before.
This is what domestic terrorism looks like, directed against women at their most vulnerable moments.
Here there be monsters.
Classy as always, today half-governor Sarah Palin decided to use Chelsea Clinton’s pregnancy to attack Hillary Clinton, in another of her trademark incoherent word salads: Sarah Palin: Hillary Clinton Should ‘Open Her Eyes’.
“She, just knowing that her daughter Chelsea is pregnant with a baby — it’s a real baby! It’s not some disposable something, and I know that will be controversial. But those who, perhaps, they’re in this position now as a parent or a grandparent, they realize sanctity of life, how innocent, how precious it is. And of all places it should be in the womb that these babies are protected. So maybe even on a social issue like that she’ll open her eyes.”
Yes, of all places it should be in the womb that babies are protected — because after they emerge, the Sarah Palins of the world couldn’t possibly care less about them.
The right wing media are staging another one of their absurd freak-out sessions, this time pretending to be gravely offended by the use of wire coat hangers as a symbol of illegal abortion.
And rarely have I read such a truly despicable example of anti-choice propaganda as Kevin D. Williamson’s disgusting attempt to mansplain and deny this bloody history in the National Review: The Symbol of a Lie.
Warning: this is some really sick thinking.
But first a word of praise for the DC Abortion Fund: The group at least has the intellectual integrity to put the word “abortion” right there in the middle of its name — no NARAL-style “choice” euphemisms for this merry band of butchers. Valerie Solanas had her Society for Cutting Up Men, and nobody would be better pleased than I if Cecile Richards et al. embraced their true identity: The Society for Cutting Up Mankind.
Alec Torres noted this exercise in horrifyingly bad taste on the Corner, and the subsequent response on talk radio and elsewhere inspired the DC Abortion Fund to publish an apologia pro carnificibus titled “The Coat Hanger as a Symbol, and Why Abortion Access Matters,” which reads in part: “The coat hanger is a symbol of the reproductive justice movement because lack of access to abortion causes women to go to desperate lengths to terminate a pregnancy, similar to those undertaken in the pre-Roe vs. Wade era. At that time, consuming Lysol and household poisons was not uncommon to instigate abortion. Nor was inserting knitting needles, Coke bottles, and — yes — wire coat hangers into their cervices.”
That is untrue. It has long been known to be untrue. The wire hanger is indeed a powerful symbol — the symbol of a lie engineered with malice aforethought.
Where’s Williamson’s evidence that women never used coat hangers to perform abortions? Well, he has none. That’s right, he offers not a single piece of evidence for this categorical denial.
And refuting this dishonest, horrible piece of work is incredibly simple. All we have to do is read the history and testimonials from those who were there.
For example, this 2008 essay in the New York Times by retired gynecologist Waldo L. Fielding: Doctor Recalls Abortion Complications Before Roe v. Wade.
I am a retired gynecologist, in my mid-80s. My early formal training in my specialty was spent in New York City, from 1948 to 1953, in two of the city’s large municipal hospitals.
There I saw and treated almost every complication of illegal abortion that one could conjure, done either by the patient herself or by an abortionist — often unknowing, unskilled and probably uncaring. Yet the patient never told us who did the work, or where and under what conditions it was performed. She was in dire need of our help to complete the process or, as frequently was the case, to correct what damage might have been done.
The patient also did not explain why she had attempted the abortion, and we did not ask. This was a decision she made for herself, and the reasons were hers alone. Yet this much was clear: The woman had put herself at total risk, and literally did not know whether she would live or die.
This, too, was clear: Her desperate need to terminate a pregnancy was the driving force behind the selection of any method available.
The familiar symbol of illegal abortion is the infamous “coat hanger” — which may be the symbol, but is in no way a myth. In my years in New York, several women arrived with a hanger still in place. Whoever put it in — perhaps the patient herself — found it trapped in the cervix and could not remove it.
We did not have ultrasound, CT scans or any of the now accepted radiology techniques. The woman was placed under anesthesia, and as we removed the metal piece we held our breath, because we could not tell whether the hanger had gone through the uterus into the abdominal cavity. Fortunately, in the cases I saw, it had not.
In a long tradition of shameful right wing propaganda, the National Review has outdone themselves with this one. What the hell is wrong with these people?
But American reporters are curious: if US Christian Zionists, who have significant overlap with the US anti-choice movement, love Israel so much, shouldn’t they be up in arms about the country adopting one of the world’s most expansive abortion policies?
The Daily Beast’s Jonathan Krohn set out to find out (“You would expect conservative groups to go ballistic when it comes to taxpayer funding of abortions,” reads his lede) and got a number of vague answers which suggested that US anti-choicers don’t feel particularly inclined to export the abortion wars to Israel. But Americans United for Life’s Charmaine Yoest, who is Christian, ventured into a suggestion that perhaps the Israelis were getting their own religious laws wrong:
Dr. Charmaine Yoest, the CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL), decided to use Jewish law as a defense, saying “In a meaningful passage, the Talmud teaches that ‘Whosoever preserves a single soul…, [it is] as though he had preserved a complete world.’ Unborn lives are rich with possibilities and worth saving and government should never be used to harm life and harm women.”
Here’s some great news: Democrats in the House and Senate are finally starting to fight back against the hideous barrage of anti-choice laws sponsored by fanatical religious right Republicans: Historic Pro-Choice Bill to Be Introduced in Congress.
Following an unprecedented three-year wave of state legislative attacks on abortion and family planning services, a group of Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate plan to go on the offensive Wednesday with a historic bill that would make it illegal for states to chip away at women’s reproductive rights.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) will introduce the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013, joined by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Reps. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and Lois Frankel (D-Fla.). The bill would prohibit states from passing so-called Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws, which impose strict and cost-prohibitive building standards on abortion clinics, require women seeking abortions to have ultrasounds, and create other barriers to abortion access.
“In states like Texas and Wisconsin, legislatures are passing bills with the false pretext of protecting health when their only objective is to obstruct and curtail access to safe and legal abortions and reproductive services. These laws are largely unconstitutional, and some measure of certainty and clarity is required to preempt these regulations and laws so women are not deterred in their very personal decisions based on their own values on how they want to use their constitutional rights,” Blumenthal said. “The Women’s Health Protection Act will provide a clear and certain response to these regulations and laws that impose unnecessary tests, procedures and restrictions — including requirements for physical layout in clinics — on reproductive services.”
This really alarmed us this morning. Just one reminder that getting an abortion in Texas can be very dangerous. pic.twitter.com/bdHCZ3F3lM
Should the FBI become involved?