A Missouri state lawmaker posted a bizarre video online this week where he beheaded and gutted a chicken while discussing pro-life legislation.
Missouri state Rep. Mike Moon is pro-life, but he argued that pro-life legislation supported by Gov. Eric Greitens does not go far enough to protect unborn babies, the Washington Examiner reports.
Last week, Greitens announced plans to call back state legislators for a special session to stop St. Louis from becoming a “sanctuary city” for abortions. The Republican governor said he also wants to see the legislature pass abortion clinic regulations that require annual inspections and other basic health and safety standards.
On Monday, Moon responded with a video on Facebook where he discussed the pro-life legislation while cutting off a live chicken’s head and pulling out its guts. He also announced plans to introduce a bill of his own to protect unborn babies by outlawing all abortions in the state.
The video quickly caught the attention of national news outlets and was mocked on some pro-abortion blogs. Many online commenters described the video as in poor taste. Some thanked Moon for wanting to protect unborn babies’ lives but questioned the way he presented the issue in the video.
“God gave us man dominion over life,” Moon said in the video. “He allows us to raise animals properly and care for them and then process them for food so we can sustain life. And that’s what I’m doing here with this chicken. So we’ve been called back to this special session for the primary purpose of supporting life, protecting the unborn specifically. I think we need to get to the heart of the matter here. So today, I’m filing a bill that will lead to the stopping of abortion in the state of Missouri and I hope you’ll support it.”
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According to the Examiner:
Moon, a rancher, speaks in an even tone as he cuts off the bird’s head while it dangles upside down before cutting off its wings and legs. As he says that lawmakers must “get to the heart of the matter,” he rips out the chicken’s heart. The video has just over 5,000 views on Facebook.
Greitens’ proposed special summer session is to consider a bill that would limit access to abortion in Missouri. Moon has countered with a bill of his own that would essentially outlaw abortion in the state.
Despite online speculation, Moon has said that the video was not meant to be serve as a comparison. Hours later, Moon tweeted “Some people seem to be freaking out about the chicken video… I wonder if they know what an abortion is?”
Moon later defended the video in a post online: “Just think how gross abortion is. I wasn’t trying to make a comparison, but simply to get a couple of points across: to the governor (I’m not on vacation and I’m just as much a career politician as he is) and if we truly are concerned about protecting the lives of the unborn, we should take action that will lead to the end of abortion.”
Missouri has been a hotbed of abortion politics in the past few years.
Earlier this year, the St. Louis city board of aldermen passed a pro-abortion ordinance that could force religious groups and individuals to hire abortion activists and rent to pro-abortion groups. In May, a pro-life maternity home, local business owner and the Catholic diocese in the area filed a lawsuit against the pro-abortion ordinance, saying it violates their constitutional freedoms.
Greitens promised to fight the ordinance in April.
In a separate matter in April, a federal judge granted Planned Parenthood’s request to block state abortion clinic regulations that helped to save thousands of unborn babies’ lives.
The Planned Parenthood in St. Louis currently is the only abortion facility in the state. It has developed a terrible reputation, sending at least 69 women to the hospital in ambulances since 2009, according to Operation Rescue. State inspection reports between 2009 and 2016 also showed more than 200 health and safety violations that endangered women’s health.