Barbara Boxer: People Saying “Abortion is Killing a Baby” Prompted Planned Parenthood Shooting

National   |   Ken Shepherd   |   Dec 1, 2015   |   12:05PM   |   Washington, DC

On the Nov. 30 edition of MSNBC’s MTP Daily, pro-abortion rights absolutist Sen. Barbara Boxer was given free rein to draw a line connecting pro-life rhetoric with Friday’s fatal shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.

While guest host Steve Kornacki meekly asked the California Democrat if she saw a connection between the two, he failed to chastise her for smearing a significant plurality, if not majority, of Americans who consider that, yes, abortion does end a human life and hence amounts to killing babies.

On top of it all, you’ll notice that Boxer name-checked Kornacki’s colleague Rachel Maddow as a supposed authority on the connection between pro-life rhetoric and extremist violence:

MSNBC MTP Daily Nov. 30, 2015; 5:22 p.m. Eastern Sen. BARBARA BOXER (D-Calif.): But instead, they use this painful rhetoric. Yes, I think there is a connection between when you say somebody is killing a baby, and you go into all of that, and harvesting the parts from babies, this rhetoric is hurtful to the doctors, to the nurses, to the patients. STEVE KORNACKI: Do you believe that the Republican rhetoric on Planned Parenthood is partly responsible for what happened? Keep up with the latest pro-life news and information on Twitter.

BOXER: I would say this. I don’t know whether it is true that this killer, who had a lot of other issues, said something about selling body parts. So I’ll withhold on that. But I will say, we have seen deaths of doctors. We have seen harassment. I think Rachel Maddow goes into it in great detail. She’s the one person that really takes a look at this. And, yes, I think there is a connection between these horrible hate crimes and what people say.

People in leadership, who have a lot of credibility, who say things that were on videotapes, that weren’t on videotapes, I think it makes a difference, and it creates a terrible atmosphere.

And I would call on Paul Ryan and I did, soon as this happened, to disband this committee. It’s costing millions of dollars, or hundreds of thousands anyway. And we don’t need another committee. And we don’t need another witch-hunt.

You know, Cecile Richards stayed, I think it was four or five hours, and got harangued by all these questions and there was nothing even remotely illegal or in any way against what the law says. So, yeah, they ought to stop it. They really ought to stop it.

KORNACKI: Alright, Barbara Boxer, senator from California. Thank you for the time. Note: Ken Shepherd is the managing editor for NewsBusters and a former analyst at the Media Research Center who identifies examples of media bias. This originally appeared on NewsBusters and is reprinted with permission.