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Monday Motivation: Rhymes with “Non Sequitur”

download Frontrunning candidate for President of the United States in the year 2015 Ben Carson kicks this week’s Monday Motivation off with a bang, calling himself a “reasonable person” and then, one second later, saying that women who have abortions are the moral equivalent of slave owners. Here he is, in his own words, as quoted by the Washington Post:

“During slavery — and I know that’s one of those words you’re not supposed to say, but I’m saying it — during slavery, a lot of the slave owners thought that they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave, anything that they chose to do. And what if the abolitionists had said: ‘You know, I don’t believe in slavery. I think it’s wrong, but you guys do whatever you want to do’? Where would we be?”

In case you’re not following Carson’s thread: In this metaphor, women who think they have the right to control their bodies are like slave owners who thought they had the right to own and control other human beings. And the fetus is, I guess, the slave? And anti-choice absolutists (like Carson) are like abolitionists who held their ground because slavery was wrong.  Nah, I don’t think it tracks either.

Carson went on to say that as a “reasonable person,” he was open to anyone who wanted to offer a “reasonable explanation of why they would want to kill a baby.” 

As Melissa at Shakesville notes dryly, “Nothing says ‘reasonable’ like miscategorizing abortion as ‘killing a baby.'”

In other Presidential news, the right-wing website Town Hall laments the fact that Joe Biden, the “last of the marginally pro-life Democrats,” will not be running for President. Biden, who “has opposed both partial-birth abortion and taxpayer funding of abortion,” doesn’t thrill the absolutist anti-choicers at Town Hall, but his decision not to run does clinch for them the demise of an “already endangered species,” the anti-choice Democrat. Just a reminder, I guess, that old Gropin’ Joe was never going to be the advocate for women that the other Democratic frontrunners likely will.

Newsbusters really, really hates it when prominent women go public with their abortions stories. In one post, the site attacks comedian and actor Martha Plimpton, who supported the #ShoutYourAbortion movement by reading some of the mean tweets she’s gotten from anti-choicers for a pro-choice video called “A Is For,” for “gushing” about the effort to destigmatize abortion. (The site goes on to target other SYA supporters as well as “abortion giant” Planned Parenthood.)

Separately, the site viciously mocks “Leftovers” star Amy Brenneman, who recently told theHuffington Post that she believes abortions shouldn’t be “demonized” and talked about her own abortion. Newsbusters sneers that Brenneman was “so very grateful” to have the ability to get an abortion and suggests that instead of fighting for the right to choose, women should really be fighting to have (even easier) access to guns so they can “protect themselves from burglars, violent jealous ex-boyfriends, and would-be rapists.” Newsbusters: Rhymes with “non sequiturs.”

And finally, after a quick run through the Fox News word salad spinner, a California law requiring fake clinics that call themselves “crisis pregnancy centers” to be slightly more honest with women becomes a rule “forcing crisis pregnancy centers to promote abortion.” I guess simply letting women know abortion is legal and available is more information than Fox thinks delicate little pregnant women can handle.


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