The House's passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act yesterday inspired more than its share of irresponsible rhetoric – that the bill is “dangerous,” “cruel,” even “disgusting.” Here are a few of the most egregious examples:
- “This bill is a danger to women’s lives and well-being, an affront to their dignity, and a threat to the rights and liberties all Americans hold dear,” said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights.
- Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-NY, called the bill to prevent infants from suffering the pain of dismemberment abortion “disgustingly cruel.”
- President Obama's White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, called the bill “disgraceful.”
- Hillary Clinton's senior policy adviser Maya Harris said the bill is part of a “dangerous trend” that “puts women's health and rights at risk.”
- Cecile Richards, the well-paid president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, called the bill “dangerous and misguided.” Not one to rest, she later tweeted:
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) May 13, 2015
- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, contrasted the bill with really important matters. “The failed leadership of the Republican Congress has the jobs of hundreds of thousands of American workers being threatened by upcoming deadlines, with expiration of the Highway Trust Fund and the expiration of the Export-Import Bank days away,” she said. After all, how significant is approving a bill that would save the lives of approximately 11,000 babies a year compared with renewing the Export-Import Bank, a corrupt relic of crony capitalism that creates perhaps zero jobs. Priorities, people!
- Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-IN – who with Renee Ellmers helped kill the bill in January before shamelessly Vogueing on the March for Life stage – justified her about-face on the act by saying that “this has a much less punitive substance to it” than the original. The version introduced in January required rape victims to turn their abusers in to law enforcement officers; the current version does not. It is less punitive, but less punitive for whom?
- Finally, President Obama makes a repeat performance, not via spokesman but in his own voce. Just before the bill passed the House of Representatives for the first time in June 2013, Obama wrote in his veto threat that “this bill…shows contempt for women's health and rights…and the Constitution.”
Which ones did we miss?