Last night, Chris Matthews hosted a “Hardball” debate about Virginia’s new bill that would require a woman considering an abortion to have a transvaginal ultrasound. During the debate, Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the ultra-conservative Susan B. Anthony List, twisted and turned various facts by suggesting that the majority of women support being legally required to have this highly-invasive and expensive procedure, and caught falsely claiming that women only had to have an ultrasound “offered” to her — when the Virginia law would force her to undergo the procedure.
But first, a quick note about who Susan B. Anthony was, via Wikipedia:
Susan Brownell Anthony (February 15, 1820 â€“ March 13, 1906) was a prominent American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women’s rights movement to introduce women’s suffrage into the United States. She was co-founder of the first Women’s Temperance Movement with Elizabeth Cady Stanton as President. She also co-founded the women’s rights journal, The Revolution. She traveled the United States and Europe, and averaged 75 to 100 speeches per year. She was one of the important advocates in leading the way for women’s rights to be acknowledged and instituted in the American government.
The Susan B. Anthony List, “dedicated to electing candidates and pursuing policies that will reduce and ultimately end abortion,” co-opted Susan B. Anthony’s name, with no clear indiction of what her views on abortion are. Disgusting.
Back to “Hardball.”
First, Dannenfelser was caught in falsifying facts by Matthews when she stated, “all that is involved here is saying that 24 hours ahead of time, that that ultrasound be available and offered to the woman,” according to the MSNBC-provided transcript, below.
Matthews interrupted her, as any quality journalist would have, to clarify that the law requires that ultrasound be performed, not be made available to her, as in, “Would you like a mint?”
Then Dannenfelser told Matthews that “the reason the majority of women in Virginia and across the country support this is that they believe in that vulnerable spot in a difficult place, that more information is better,” also according to the MSNBC-provided transcript, below.
Apparently, Dannenfelser has polling that no one else is privy to, because we have poll after poll after poll that states that a majority of women — and in some polls, men too — do not want the law to be involved in her decision to have an abortion, and certainly do not want the government foxing her to have a medically-unnecessary and invasive procedure, like a transvaginal ultrasound.
Dannenfelser also falsely claimed that having an ultrasound was “vital” for the health of the woman — certainly not true. Were it true, doctors would demand a the procedure and there would be no need for a law.
Even Matthews slams Dannenfelser, asking, “Why are you pushing a bill you don’t understand the ramifications of?”
Of course, Dannenfelser does not support the Obama administration’s mandate to have all employers offer contraception services free of charge. Because as the head of a women’s organization dedicated to eliminating abortions altogether, having contraception — which would reduce the number of abortions desired — is not acceptable. She’s against it.
It’s a woman’s right to choose — not the Republican Party’s right to tell.
Majorie, if you have to twist facts to make your point, you don’t have one. Shame on you. Lord knows Susan B. Anthony is rolling in her grave knowing you represent her good name.
>;>;>; next door to here in virginia, nearly 1,200 protesters descended on the state capital to protest legislation working its way to the governor that would require a woman to get an ultrasound before having an abortion. legally requiring an ultrasound violates the doctor/patient relationship. the ultrasound is a tool for informed consent before having an abortion. virginia is now the focus of this fight and could join seven other states at least where women are already legally required to have an ultrasound before an abortion. texas, law there states the provider must describe the image. in virginia, the bill as written now would require the ultrasound be done, but not that the woman view it. coming on the heels on access to contraception, is the virginia fight another example of the placing undue burden on women’s care. margeny denifeld joins us. cynthia, you go first. what’s wrong with this legislation requiring an ultrasound before an abortion?
>;>; everything, chris. republicans have been bludgeoning the administration with government intrusiveness. the affordable care act is supposed to be so intrusive. what is more intrusive than man mandating a medical procedure for a woman? one that is not medically e necessary? what is more intrusive of government than getting in the relationship between a woman and her doctor? i can’t imagine an episode of greater government overreach than that.
>;>; margery, your thoughts about why it would be important for the legislature to require this ultrasound before an abortion?
>;>; this is a matter of giving a woman more information that she needs to make a decision that’s fully informed. listen. these ultrasounds are standard procedure. planned parenthood’s hotline in virginia says that as well. all that is involved here is saying that 24 hours ahead of time, that that ultrasound be available and offered to the woman.
>;>; i thought the law said they have to have it.
>;>; the information. you have to have the ultrasound, yes. it’s not true that there’s no medical value in it.
>;>; just so the person watching the show understands the issue here. is the issue whether this is required by law or not?
>;>; this is required by law.
>;>; if you win.
>;>; that is right. if we win. and the actual image is offered to the woman. she doesn’t have to look at it. it’s not true there’s no medical necessity. that’s why it’s a standard procedure.
>;>; what’s the medical advantage of having an ultrasound?
>;>; women have died and had all sorts of complications from abortions when the jes talgs age was not determined.
>;>; hang on a minute. if in fact planned parenthood already does this, why is the law necessary? if a doctor believes that the procedure is medically necessary, a doctor will do it.
>;>; because a woman deserves to see it.
>;>; but if it is not medically necessary, the government has no business telling a doctor he or she must perform this intrusive procedure when it’s not medically necessary.
>;>; the information is vital. there are other standard procedures required by government. this one is certainly vital for her health and her fully-informed decision.
>;>; i’m not going to take cynthia’s side, although i agree this should be a concern that people should have. there ought to be an ownous on the ones that want the law. a woman decides to have an abortion. she makes the decision. it’s legal. under the law in the first trimester. why should you get in the way of that decision once she’s made that decision? why should she be required to jump through hoops to do it?
>;>; the reason the majority of women in virginia and across the country support this is that they believe in that vulnerable spot in a difficult place, that more information is better. and making — one decision is a medical decision. one is about the contentious difficult decision about what’s happening in an abortion. an ultrasound speaks to that. it’s science. it’s a scientific opinion backing up a medical reality.
>;>; what percentage of women decide not to have an abortion after seeing an ultrasound?
>;>; why are you pushing the bill then?
>;>; i understand that women– i know that women think they should have that information. if they want the information, they should have it.
>;>; if women thought —
>;>; they are in a difficult spot. listen. they get all kinds of other information about every other aspect of everything that’s going to happen in a procedure. this is arguably another human being.
>;>; do you think abortion should be outlawed?
>;>; of course, i do. it’s another human being. but that’s not what we’re talking about here.
>;>; is this another way of beginning the process of outlawing it?
>;>; this truly is about giving a woman a fully-informed decision about what’s actually going on.
>;>; cynthia, last thought here. i want to move on to a larger question on women’s health. what do you think this means, cynthia? that this is being pushed.
>;>; it’s harassment. it’s harassment because the groups who are pushing this don’t want women to have the right to decide. it’s extremely condescending to suggest that women have not thought deeply about this. prayed about it, talked to family. if they wanted more information, they could certainly ask the doctor for it.
>;>; why should an abortionist in the first place do it? why should information that he’s going to get not be offered to the woman? that’s all that’s happening in virginia.
>;>; let me ask you a question. the insurance companies are required to carry without co-pay coverage for birth control. isn’t that going to radically reduce the number of abortions in this country? birth control? the fact that poor women, working women will get it free. they will be inclined to provide themselves with birth control and avoid abortions?
>;>; regardless of the answer to that question, the ends don’t justify the means. this is actually what this presidential debate, this is what this freedom of information is about. it’s about freedom. and for —
>;>; so radically reducing the number of abortions in this country is not a good end?
>;>; of course, it’s a good end.
>;>; it could be achieved by birth control.
>;>; but a mandate to require abortions?
>;>; the availability at no cost will encourage women to use it. it would seem to me because it’s free and made available in their insurance programs. won’t that radically reduce the number of abortions?
>;>; no. look. 100% access is what women have now. requiring — mandating that on individuals that don’t believe in abortion causing drugs is a restriction of religious liberty and should not be about it. that’s what we’re talking about. .
>;>; cynthia, thank you for your knowledge and passion as always.
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‘You Singlehandedly Blocked the Emmett Till Antilynching Act’: Rand Paul Scorched Over His MLK ‘Commemoration’
Many House and Senate lawmakers are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., today, but social media users are correcting the record of so many Republicans who are trying to use the late, great American civil rights leader and icon as a shield for their own egregious attacks on civil rights and Black Americans.
Take, for example, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, who posted this tweet attempting to paint himself as a bipartisan actor “working together for change” – which many were quick to provide proof of how he is not:
As we honor MLK today, may his courage inspire us to redouble our commitment to working together for change. Let’s commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King by uniting the two Americas into one: an America that includes justice for one, and justice for all. #MLKDay
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 17, 2022
Sen. Paul’s Democratic challenger in the upcoming 2022 race, Charles Booker, offered some of the best examples:
Sincerely, save your empty words.
You are the person who said you would have opposed the Civil Rights Act, singlehandedly blocked the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, and had the audacity to say racism no longer exists. https://t.co/YOKW8Nfgfb
— Charles Booker (@Booker4KY) January 17, 2022
Several others joined in to chastise the right wing Senator:
You really DO have no shame. You sided AGAINST innocent black men that were murdered while handcuffed and unarmed. You sided AGAINST voting right. You sided WITH a virus that kills us all regardless of race so…maybe THAT is your equality moment? #MartinLutherKingDay https://t.co/KXRXsXgFMS
— Victor Ruiz -The Voice Of Rican- (@portarican_RT) January 17, 2022
— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) January 17, 2022
What a hypocrite. Try practicing what MLK taught.
— PJnZoey (@jn_pickles) January 17, 2022
Stop trying to suppress the right of all people (especially Black people) to vote then, MLK fought for this, your words are empty and hypocritical
— Kanye South (@kanyesouth13) January 17, 2022
You must not assume you can speak on behalf of those who cherish MLK’s words and deeds. It’s actually repulsive.
— Marian Shuter (@shuter_marian) January 17, 2022
You are exactly the type of person MLK warned about and fought against.
— Ballardite (@SeattleHypno) January 17, 2022
‘Performative Drivel’: Marco Rubio Mocked and Schooled After Taking MLK Quote Out of Context
Washington Post National Political Reporter Eugene Scott set the stage Sunday evening:
Bracing myself for a slew of MLK quotes Monday from folks who have spent nearly every other day of the past year fighting against CRT …
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) January 17, 2022
Sure enough, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was only too happy to oblige, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The Florida Republican, who almost daily posts a Bible passage to Twitter, is notorious for being among the many conservatives who are battling Critical Race Theory, the right’s latest non-existent boogey man.
Rubio has introduced legislation with far right extremist U.S. Senators Mike Braun (R-IN) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND), to “prohibit federal funding to promote divisive concepts, such as Critical Race Theory.” A companion bill was introduced in the House by U.S. Representatives Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC).
Just as Scott warned, Senator Rubio posted a tweet that reads:
“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.” Dr. Martin Luther King (1963)
It’s from the third paragraph of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and it exposes Rubio’s ignorance and hypocrisy.
New York Times opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie was among those who asked, “so, uh, what’s the next line?”
Bouie offered Rubio the answer:
“It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given its colored people a bad check, a check that has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.'”
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) January 17, 2022
He was far from the only one to chastise and expose Rubio.
Equality Florida’s Press Secretary Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub anti-LGBTQ hate crime massacre (which Rubio used to reverse his promise to never run for office again):
“It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds’.”
— Brandon Wolf (@bjoewolf) January 17, 2022
“And yet you filibuster his dream over and over,” tweeted American Independent Senior Writer Joshua Israel.
Nikole Hannah-Jones, the award-winning New York Times journalist and creator of “The 1619 Project”:
Missing smthg: It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds. https://t.co/tIxoPKyNIj
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) January 17, 2022
The whole speech is about how that promissory note is a bad check! Thieves, liars and cheats hand out bad checks that’s what King was saying about YOU and your government.
— Matt Deitsch (@MattxRed) January 17, 2022
You know that promissory notes aren’t a good thing, right? It’s an acknowledgement of a debt, something you owe. We inherited their debt.
The founders enshrined slavery and racism into our Constitution. The debt is paid when all citizens really are equal under/before the law.
— IrrevLyn is wearing a Bast-damned mask & BLM! 😷😾 (@Reverend_Lyn) January 17, 2022
— The Mean Progressive ™ (@MeanProgress) January 17, 2022
No. You don’t get to invoke his name in any righteousness cause you think you have. He called it exactly for what it is. The Jim Crow Filibuster
— Christopher Ryan (@FFChristopherRy) January 17, 2022
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
“It’s a cruel jest to a bootless man to say he ought to lift himself up by his own bootstraps.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. https://t.co/ld0I2Ej6jZ
— Mattison (@Mattison) January 17, 2022
You want to celebrate this day and this American hero? Support the John Lewis Voting Rights Bill. Otherwise, your words are performative drivel.
— David Sugerman (@DavidSug) January 17, 2022
— Grandma Antifa 😷🌊🌈🎗 (@jenclark95624) January 17, 2022
Marco is taking a break from quoting the Bible out of context to quote Martin Luther King out of context. https://t.co/mR2LHACRJI
— Radioactive Dinosaur (@JeffSaysStuff2) January 17, 2022
Don’t quote him unless you plan on ending the filibuster and protecting voters’ rights.
— Zingamomma 🎶🇺🇸😷🇺🇸🎶 (@tubawidow) January 17, 2022
Lara Trump Thinks Microsoft Office Assistant ‘Clippy’ Is a Real Person Spying on Everything She Writes
Fox host Lara Trump either has a new conspiracy theory, or she is very confused.
Hosting the 5 p.m. EST hour, Trump was ranting about Microsoft Word’s Clippy and the suggested changes to words like “postman” into “letter carrier” and “mankind” into “humankind.” It’s part of the right’s latest attack on “wokism,” which they define as anything done in polite society that makes them uncomfortable.
“Someone is reading this?! And assessing what I’m writing?” Trump said, assuming that a person was actually watching and reading what she was typing in Word instead of an AI programed into what they call “office assistant.” It was once named Clippy, and it was never a real person.
According to Trump, the “office assistant” is a lot like her fancy new car that doesn’t require a key, just a push-button to start it. She said that the car wouldn’t start if she didn’t jingle the keys around. That’s false. Push-button start cars use safety technology that requires your foot on the break, the car in park, and the key fob in the car with you. It’s essentially a small low-frequency transmitter. So if the car won’t start, it’s likely that you need to replace the batteries.
According to Microsoft, the assistant doesn’t have to be turned on.
“The checker can be turned on and off in a menu called ‘Grammar & Refinements’, which lists everything it checks: Age bias, Cultural bias, Ethnic slurs, Gender bias, Gender-Neutral Pronouns, Gender-Specific Language, Racial Bias, Sexual Orientation Bias and Socioeconomic Bias,” said the statement.
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