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Fox Nation Attacks Elena Kagan: “Kagan’s Smoking Gun? Partial Birth Abortion Abortion”

Reported by Priscilla - June 30, 2010 -

Fox Nation, the Fox News website for "real" Americans who hate American blacks, gays, libruls, etc, is a great conduit for whatever is hot, hot, hot in the rabid right wing community. Like Fox “News”, “Fox Nation” is in the front lines of the culture war in which abortion is the singular issue (never mind an environmental crisis in the Gulf or a war that kills post born humans in the Middle East!) The anti-choice brigade is all aflame with “data” which purports to show that SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan somehow persuaded the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to change their position on so called "partial birth abortion" based on her evil, librul, abortion agenda. It’s a conspiracy! So it’s not surprising that Fox Nation would have a lede thread titled “Kagan’s Smoking Gun? Partial Birth Abortion.” The Fox thread links to the right wing National Review Online, by an attorney who was General Counsel to Dick Cheney, so no bias there, nosirreee!!!! And just to provide even more of a shout out to their anti-choice readers, Fox Nation used the requisite image of the thumb sucking fetus so beloved by the anti-choice movement. When it comes to right wing agitprop, Fox Nation has the inside track!

The Fox Nation article, using the term “partial birth abortion” as established terminology, links to an NRO article which in turn exhorts readers to check out another NRO article “Kagan’s Abortion Distortion” by Shannen Coffin which claims that SCOTUS nominee, Elena Kagan, "manipulated the statement of a medical organization to protect partial-birth abortion" while working in the Clinton White House.” Kagan, in updating President Clinton about her latest research regarding how Clinton should deal with legislation which sought to ban “Intact Dilation and Extraction” (so called “partial birth abortion”), sent him a memo citing how the ACOG was thinking of releasing a statement which said that there were no circumstances under which ID&E would be the only option necessary to save a woman’s life. As ACOG opposed the legislation, Kagan surmised that their position would be detrimental to the efforts of several senators who were crafting health exceptions to the ban and which she recommended that Clinton support. The anti choicers claim that Kagan sent the ACOG a copy of their original draft statement with corrections that, ewww, conspiracy, were word for word the language used by the ACOG in their final statement which supported the abortion procedure as well as other statements affirming the right of a woman to decide, with her doctor, the best course of action for a problem pregnancy. They reaffirmed their support for the procedure in 2007 when SCOTUS upheld the ban – using language, according to the “lifers,” originated by the evil, librul Kagan. Coffin claims that Kagan is unfit to serve on the court because she overrode "a scientific finding with her own calculated distortion in order to protect access to the most despicable of abortion procedures seriously twisted the judicial process"

Comment: As noted by “Right Wing Watch,” in the reading of the final ACOG statement, Kagan’s supposedly “smoking gun” comment “fits with the overall position being advocated by ACOG, which was that any ‘legislation prohibiting specific medical practices, such as intact D & X, may outlaw techniques that are critical to the lives and health of American women. The intervention of legislative bodies into medical decision making is inappropriate, ill advised, and dangerous..’.” A reproductive rights blog states that “there is nothing in Coffin's accusation that suggests Kagan did anything wrong, even if she did propose language to ACOG. Moreover, with respect to ACOG's integrity, the edit attributed to Kagan is not inconsistent with the prior version of ACOG's statement, which, after all, had said that the organization's panel could identify no circumstance in which intact D&E were the only option to preserve a woman's life or health.” But you don't get any "balance" from the "fair and balanced" from the site which states that The "Fox Nation is for those committed to the core principles of tolerance, open debate, civil discourse--and fair and balanced coverage of the news."

So much ado about nothing – but hey, there’s a culture war happening and Fox Nation is bringing it – especially if they can smear an Obama nominee with their standard brand of right wing feces.