While some folks at the "fair & balanced" Fox "news" network complain about the librul media, what other cable news network has a news host who is a partisan former presidential candidate and part of a religiously based political movement that seeks to strip women of their reproductive rights? We don't know, for sure, where the "here" is in family values paragon Bill O'Reilly's comment that "we fight so hard here for the rights of the unborn." But if he's referring to Fox News, he's on point as nobody fights any harder against reproductive rights for women than Mike Huckabee, both in his private life and on his program on the "fair & balanced" Fox "news" channel.
While Bill confines his anti-choice activism to his program, Huckabee speaks at venues where money is raised for anti-choice initiatives such as the Mississippi"personhood" amendment and the Ohio draconian "heartbeat bill" both of which Huckabee endorsed. And now he's helping to advance one of the most popular memes of the anti-choice radicals; i.e. that rape victims should not have access to abortion because it punishes the "baby," it's a "healing experience," and that every pregnancy is a "gift."
On Saturday night's program, he interviewed Rebecca Kiessling, a lawyer who claims that she was conceived in rape; but because abortion was illegal, at that time, her mother gave birth. As such, Kiessling is opposed to abortions in all circumstances including rape. She sponsored an educational outreach program for the Mississippi personhood initiative called the - wait for it - "conceived in rape tour." (Wow, wonder if they had tee shirts with all the venue dates?). As she is a diva with the anti-choice crazies, it wasn't surprising to see her on Huckabee's Saturday "pro-life" bible hour where he began by referencing how people say they're against abortion except in cases of rape but "try saying that to Rebecca Kiessling." He added that even though she was conceived in rape, she's trying to convince others that "babies like her deserve to be born."
After saying that her biological daddy was a serial rapist, she spoke, almost tearfully, about how terrible she felt when her adoptive father said that he believed in a woman's choice because it meant that her existence meant nothing. In pimping the radical and deceptive anti-choice movie, produced by "Citizens United" (yes, the famous citizens), Huckabee mentioned her - ah - performance that "touched" Gov. Rick Perry. Kiessling said it was an "Esther moment" when she knew she "changed his heart." With a catch in her voice, she said that her goal is to "protect" and "be a hero" (she considers those who made abortion illegal, at the time she was born, to be "heroes.") to others by working to end abortions. Huckabee and Kiessling had a moment of Christian fellowship when they both admitted to being proud supporters of "personhood" laws. (No mention was made of theMississippi failure). Huck encouraged the audience to see the movie in order to see Kiessling's "powerful testimony."
Now, as the "church lady" would say, "isn't that special" that sweet lil Rebecca and Mike Huckabee wants rapists to be able to select the mother of their baby? They have no problems with the violence of rape being compounded by forced birth. Wow. There's so much more to be said; but you only heard one version on the Huckabee show which is yet another conduit, on Fox, for the anti-choice movement. Funny, the awesome Rachel Maddow isn't on a network that claims to be "fair & balanced". Yet, she interviewed Kiessling. Wonder if Huck will interview Planned Parenthood president, Cecile Richards. Don't think so. But if there's any doubt about the radical nature of Huck's positions, it's stuff like this that underscores it, once again.
I know that may sound very callous and pretty harsh, but this nutjob obviously doesn’t have a freakin’ clue about the real world. (I do think she’d be a little more concerned if she found herself pregnant after being raped.)
So Kiessling is happy that her mother wasn’t given a choice. That her mother was forced to have her. And it sounds like she was fortunately adopted.
The number of unwanted children resulting from rape, who don’t get adopted or raised in a loving family, who end up in orphanages or abusive foster homes, or who grow up with a single mother who is forced to depend on welfare (which the American Taliban want to eliminate), doesn’t seem to concern Ms. Kiessling one bit. Just because she fell into good fortune, she stupidly assumes that all children produced by rape have or will have the same fortune and opportunities. She doesn’t seem to care that adoption isn’t always an option…especially in cases where the baby is born with a defect.
I’d rather she just be thankful and stop trying to dictate what every other woman in this country can or can’t do with their own uteruses.