Missouri Lawmaker Beheads Chicken … to Make a Point About Abortion

Debate continues to rage between pro-life and pro-choice activists about when life begins and must be protected. One topic that hasn’t been considered? The similarities between abortion and chicken slaughter. Well, now, thanks to one Missouri legislator, that is up for discussion.

In what was no doubt the most bizarre moment of last week, anti-abortion GOP state legislator Mike Moon prepared for the new “nothing but abortion” special session of the Missouri legislature by killing a chicken — and posting the video on Youtube.

“When the governor called for the second special session this year, I was right in the middle of my summer job. But like any good career politician, when I get the call (breaks to behead chicken), I’m going back to work,” Rep. Moon said on his video, according to the Missouri Times. ”God gave us man dominion over life. He allows us to raise animals properly and care for them and then process them for food so we can sustain life. And that’s what I’m doing here with this chicken. So we’ve been called back to this special session for the primary purpose of supporting life, protecting the unborn specifically. I think we need to get to the heart of the matter here (pulls out chicken’s heart). So today, I’m filing a bill that will lead to the stopping of abortion in the state of Missouri and I hope you’ll support it.”

Moon later told reporters that he wasn’t really trying to compare butchering a chicken to abortion, despite the video’s message.

“In an interview with the News-Leader, Moon said he doesn’t understand how people could infer that he was making a comparison between terminating a fetus and butchering a bird,” reports Will Schmidt of the Springfield News-Leader. ”Moon acknowledged that he was trying to convey a message about abortion: in his mind, his fellow Republicans have not been willing to take a ‘hard vote’ on banning abortion. When Moon grabbed the chicken’s heart — while talking about ‘getting to the heart of the matter’ — that was his way of saying that regulating abortions to make sure they occur in clean facilities is not enough. He wants abortion to stop in Missouri and filed a bill to try and make that happen.”

Moon’s example may have been horrifying and completely unnecessary, but he is far from the only politician to compare abortion and animal welfare — often to the detriment of the pregnant people wanting a termination.

Previously, an Alabama legislator complained that people could be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for destroying a bald eagle egg, yet women can’t be thrown in jail for terminating their pregnancies.

Abortion opponents in Massachusetts have complained that vet offices require a license to operate, while abortion clinics do not, stating, “Don’t you want to treat a woman who was in a crisis better than a dog or cat?”

And the Illinois legislature used to be a big fan of sending abortion restriction bills through the farming and agriculture committee, essentially equating those who could get pregnant to livestock.

While Moon may have been the most explicit of them all when he said directly stated, ”God gave man dominion over life,” he is only saying what so many far-right social conservative lawmakers believe: it is a man’s job to make decisions about “life.”

So thank you to Moon for teaching us a real — albeit extremely graphic — lesson about what is really at the “heart” of the anti-abortion movement: man’s complete and utter control, be it over livestock or women.

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Diana T
Diana T16 hours ago

He's a Sick,Twisted Freak.What if a giant wanted to hang him upside down&pull his head off his body so the giant could feel "superior"?He's also Dangerous!

JACQUI GLYDE2 days ago

I just hope this creep of a human doesn't breed.

Carl R
Carl R3 days ago


Jerome S
Jerome S4 days ago


Jim V
Jim V5 days ago


Colleen W
Colleen W6 days ago

I don't care what cause he thinks he's justifying..the man is indeed a sociopath

S J7 days ago

Is he sick? why not let women decide what to do with her body?

Ann Southern
Ann Southern7 days ago

Moon is a sociopath! His religion is me-myself-and-I. He knows nothing about the religion in which he justifies his atrocious, vicious, disgusting behavior. Eating animals is man-made viciousness. Moon engages in the joy-of-killing and he calls it his "right," bestowed on him by a satanic god. He is not fit for public office! Didn't he ever hear of the separation of religion and government?

Jess B
Jess B7 days ago


john casablanca
john c8 days ago

When does the chicken get it's turn to rip off Moon's head (of his penis) ???
John C./Houston, Tx.