A recent episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee had her responding to the bill in Alabama by deciding to teach sexual education to senators. The bill that Bee accuses of being an example of men “policing women’s bodies” was signed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, rendering abortion or attempted abortions a felony offense in the state. For abortion advocates like Samantha Bee, Alabama’s new law is nothing more than a “far-reaching abortion ban,” and they continuously spread misinformation about it and any similar legislative acts.
Bee’s comedy sketch consisted of her wearing a vest decorated with penis and vagina patches as she lectured on the reproductive system. One of the first criticisms Bee raised in regards to the abortion bills seen in Alabama and in other states is that women don’t know they’re pregnant the moment after conception, and how women “need six minutes to clench [their] way to a toilet. Otherwise, [they’re] going to get a UTI and ruin an exam table.” She concluded this point by saying men should wait a few days before buying women a “bouquet of pee sticks like a gentleman.”
While she is correct that the development of the pregnancy is measured from the last day of the woman’s menstrual period, Bee has not managed to prove that life does not begin at conception. At that moment, the baby’s gender, eye color, hair color, and many other features have already been determined. The amniotic fluid forms a protective cushion around the baby as major fetal development of the brain, spinal cord, heart, and gastrointestinal tract begin. The baby is its own unique person within the womb, and all it needs is the proper environment in order to continue to grow.
Addressing the Georgia Heartbeat Bill, Bee incorrectly claimed it would allow women to be investigated for miscarriages, claiming that lawmakers do not understand how incredibly common they are. Bee goes on to compare women being investigated for miscarriages to men being interrogated every time they “miracle-whipped into [their] wife’s good towels.” Except HB 481 clearly outlines the difference between abortion and the tragic loss of a pregnancy, as well as the medical treatment for removing a preborn child as a result of a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy— something incomparable to an abortion.
The bill also will not hold women seeking abortions criminally or civilly responsible, and while there is an exception for cases where the mother’s life is in danger, some medical professionals have stated abortion is never medically necessary.
Bee reserved particular criticism for late-term abortions, asserting that they were rare and only performed in 1.3% of pregnancies. While this statistic comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even with such a low estimate, this would mean 12,040 of abortions are late-term. That’s more than the amount of deaths due to homicide by firearms in 2013. While it is often thought abortions in this stage are only performed for fetal abnormalities or dangers to the mother’s life, studies from the Guttmacher Institute have found the reasons to be similar to first-trimester abortion patients: financial stressors, relationship problems, education concerns or parenting challenges.
A study published in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, “Who seeks abortions at or after 20 weeks?” concluded with the authors acknowledging that “data suggests that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”
The late-night host shifted the topic to infanticide, claiming that “no one is advocating for baby murder.” Except there are no laws in place to protect abortion survivors. While the 2002 Born Alive Infants Protection Act declared babies who survive botched abortions were to be considered legal persons, there are no penalties for abortionists that neglect to provide medical care to abortion survivors. The Centers for Disease Control found that nationwide from 2003 to 2014, at least 143 babies died after surviving failed abortions, admitting that this may even be a low estimate.
There have also been undercover investigations where abortionists have admitted that they deny care to babies that survive failed abortion procedures. Investigations into the Family Planning Associates Medical Group in Phoenix, Arizona revealed abortionist Laura Mercer told her patients not to seek help from the emergency room if their baby was born alive, but to return to the abortion facility, where she made it clear they would not resuscitate the baby. At Emily’s Women Center in the Bronx, a patient asked what would happen if her baby came out moving and breathing, and she was told by an abortion staffer that the “solution would make it stop.”
Bee has used her show before to spread misinformation about pro-lifers, calling them “d**kheads” and failing to acknowledge experts on both sides agree that women absolutely face risks associated directly to abortive procedures.
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