MSNBC host Craig Melvin brought on Planned Parenthood president Alexis McGill Johnson on Tuesday to address a “Missouri’s restrictive abortion law.” He goaded her to “help folks understand” why anyone would oppose abortion. She made her usual argument that the “cruelty” by pro-lifers is “the point.” The people who prevent the killing of babies are the “cruel” ones.
Melvin said the Missouri law, passed in 2019, “bans abortions at or around the eighth week of pregnancy, it has no exception for rape, no exception for incest. It also, it also bans abortions based on Down Syndrome diagnosis.” In other words, no killing the babies with disabilities.
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Johnson declared: “This is about the number of restrictions and bans, over 600 just this year alone, that have been introduced, 90 that have been enacted, that are focusing on trying to ensure that we no longer have the fundamental right to have an abortion.”
Melvin asked Johnson to “Help me, help folks understand, if you can, I’m not sure you can, this idea that these laws wouldn’t even allow exceptions for rape, incest, or a health diagnosis. What’s the thinking there?” Translation: these pro-lifers are just such weirdos.”
A pro-life guest would say the only question that matters is whether the unborn baby has life. Nothing else matters, especially not whether or not it has a “health diagnosis,” which is just a euphemistic way of justifying eugenics.
Instead, Melvin invited the boss of the nation’s leading abortion provider to claim “The thinking is about the cruelty, right? I think that is the point.”
People just Johnson don’t have to rebut pro-life arguments, so they can just resort to this straw man about cruelty for its own sake which has quickly become a Planned Parenthood talking point that has gone unquestioned by the media.
This pro-abortion segment was sponsored by Progressive.