Despite the fact that the last two years have seen a record number of abortion restrictions, Megyn Kelly scoffs at the idea that there is a "war on women" led by a party that wants government off your back but has no problem inserting itself into your uterus The latest assault on abortion rights was a futile but symbolic passage of a 22 week abortion ban by the US House. Obviously, this legislation is important to Fox News because their big gun, Bill O'Reilly, actually twisted the commentary of an African-American professor in order to accuse her of racial bias towards those who support the House bill. The problem with his message is that Dr. Salamishah Tillet didn't impugn anybody but merely suggested that anti-choice laws might be a white response to a growing minority population. The House bill wasn't the focus of the discussion but O'Reilly made it so. But Bill was able to advance pro-life victimization with his distortion. And today, the same lie and myth of pro-life victimhood was pushed by alleged "news" host Megyn Kelly who used the comment to push anti-choice propaganda in validating the House bill. "Fair & balanced?"
Kelly was clearly agitated as she by reported on the House abortion ban. The chyron: "Congressional Controversy, House Votes To Impose Late Term Abortion Ban." She noted that the bill will probably go nowhere; "but still it has sparked a nation-wide debate." She cited "one Ivy League professor recently suggested on another network that the supporters of this ban [she squinted and spoke louder] may be racially motivated." She played Dr. Tillet's comment on the Melissa Harris-Perry show:
"So I think that there's a kind of moral panic, a fear of the end of whiteness that we've been seeing a long time and I think Obama's ascension as president kind of symbolizes to a certain degree and I think that this is why one response to that sense that there is a decreasing white majority in the country and that women's bodies and white women's bodies, in particular, are obviously a crucial way of reproducing whiteness, white supremacy, white privilege."
Kelly's said "unbelievable, the panel sat silent." She became even more agitated: "How stupid is that statement, there's nothing true or accurate about it." Kirsten Powers, a reliable pro-life Fox Democrat, asserted that white supremacists would support abortion because (Anti-choice Agitprop Alert) black women have lots of abortions. She asked why (Anti-choice Agitprop Alert) people can't accept that you shouldn't have abortions after twenty week mark. She also advanced the popular, Bill O'Reilly meme that nasty women, in many states, can get late term abortions "for any reason."
In playing up anti-choice victimization, Kelly told the same lie that O'Reilly did with her comment that Tillet was "trying to demonize people on the other side by saying that 'you might be a racist, you might be a white supremacist [she leaned into the camera] if you don't want to abort babies past the 22 month mark."
Monica Crowley continued the distortion by saying that Tillet didn't defend her comment about late term abortion. (One more time - the discussion was about the broader issue of anti-choice legislation). Crowley felt that Tillet shouldn't have been talking about abortion because (Anti-choice Agitprop Alert ) black babies are being "disproportionately killed by abortion." She ranted about abortion being black genocide - an anti-abortion meme highly insulting to black women. Hypocrisy Alert - this is the same Monica Crowley who said that women on welfare have children to get government money. She accused Tillet of "being blinded" by "leftist ideology." (Oh, the irony!)
Kelly repeated the lie that Tillet said that if you oppose late term abortion, you are a white supremacist. There was discussion about evil late term abortion and how nice, pro-lifers are being "attacked." Crowley (still hasn't put a ring on it with her long time financier boo) engaged in patented anti-choice morphing of Dr. Gosnell with safe, legal abortion when she said that his case "cries out for some kind of legislation" which, she asserted, is what the GOP is trying to do but the bad leftists won't let them do it. Kelly defended the bill and "child's rights." Crowley pushed discredited pro-life propaganda on fetal pain.
If you need prima facie evidence of a war on women, look no further than the "fair & balanced" Fox "News." Talk about "blinded by ideology."
I guess liars and deceivers appreciate their own kind, Aidan.
The simple fact about abortion is also something that FoxNoise—including Megyn Kelly—refuses to understand: If you don’t want to get an abortion, don’t get one. BUT, you also don’t get to tell a woman who DOES want one (for WHATEVER reason) that she can’t get one because YOU object.
Now, go back to your observing from the UK which allows—BY LAW—women to get abortions up to the 24th week; the GOPers that Kelly’s defending here want to ban abortions in the US after the 20th week on completely UNmedical grounds. (The GOP’s focus is that “fetuses feel pain after the 20th week” but these same shitheads don’t believe that male circumcision should be banned on the basis that “infants don’t feel pain” or that “any pain is brief and inconsequential.” Well, a fetus in its 24th week is a hell of a lot smaller than a fully-formed male infant of 2 or 3 days.)
Obviously, those are the future Republicans getting their ‘kink’ on!
“Hey, Ma, you’ll never guess what I have in my hand now!!!!”
Did Megyn mention this at all?
Megyn, it would be refreshing to actually have someone representing an opposing opinion to your own and your network, but then that’s just me.