Friday’s Talking Points Memo for Pro-Life Conservatives

Cross-posted at Haemet.

In the latest round of Republicans are stealing your ladyparts!!, liberals have ditched the facts and gone for wild speculation, designed to gin up controversy and scare women into voting for them.  In the latest round, liberals claim that a Georgia state representative compared women to livestock and wants to force them to carry stillborn babies to term. (See also here, from the mis-named ThinkProgress.)

Here is the text of Georgia House Bill 954.  Take a quick read through it.  Now, most of you aren’t lawyers, but you’re probably wondering where the stillborn language is.  Or where the stillborn language was struck.

It wasn’t.  The new bill would prohibit abortion beyond the twentieth week unless to save the life of the mother, if the baby would die anyway, or if continuing the pregnancy would have a severe and permanent effect upon the bodily organs of the mother.  The bill would not change the meaning of abortion (notice how Chapter 9(B)(a)(1) does not have a strikethrough), which, under Georgia law, is:

(1) “Abortion” means the use or prescription of any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance or device with the intent to terminate the pregnancy of a female known to be pregnant. The term “abortion” shall not include the use or prescription of any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance or device employed solely to increase the probability of a live birth, to preserve the life or health of the child after live birth, or to remove a dead unborn child who died as the result of a spontaneous abortion. The term “abortion” also shall not include the prescription or use of contraceptives.

[Emphasis added] As conservatives, we should start with the belief that the media will always lie to us, then move from there in figuring out the exact nature of the mendacity being shoveled down American throats.