In a television appearance to discuss the mis-named Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) let slip that the efforts to ban sex-selective abortions were not really motivated out of a concern for “unborn baby girls” but out of a desire to turn pregnant women and doctors into criminals.
Stearns made the remarks Friday afternoon to Chris Matthews, and ThinkProgress has the footage. Here’s an excerpt of the exchange:
MATTHEWS: So it should be a criminal matter for the woman as well as the doctor?
STEARNS: I think so. You are killing an embryo and in some cases you are killing an embryo that is four or five months into gestation.
Matthews mostly let that comment slide until Stearns reached even farther to defend it by pointing to sex-selective abortion restrictions in other countries overseas arguing that ““if all of Europe and most of Asia has this same rule, that you cannot have sex selection as an abortion, why can’t we in the united states pass the same bill?” To his credit Matthews at least called Stearns out on the hypocrisy of looking to Europe for support on an issue because when the left does it, they are totally and obviously socialists.
The story here isn’t that Rep. Stearns wants to criminalize pregnant women and doctors who perform abortions–that much is a given. The story here is that finally Republicans are being open about that fact, even if they don’t mean to be.
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