Yesterday, Senator Diane J. Savino (D-New York) took to social media to speak her mind about what she calls “this theater of the absurd,” or the 24-7 media circus swirling around how offensive Donald Trump is to women, particularly via his comments to FOX News’ Megyn Kelly at last week’s GOP debate. In her attempt to redirect attention, she wrote, “he may have been offensive to that woman, and a few others, but you want to know what is offensive to women…”
We didn’t think it was possible to “drop the mic” in a Facebook post, but this comes as close as anyone can get.
When asked to clarify her Facebook post, Senator Savino told ThinkProgress, via phone yesterday, that “Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio, along with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, all have ‘said either expressly, or a nuanced fashion, that they don’t support a woman’s right to make decisions about her own life.'”
In her coverage of the Senator’s statement, ThinkProgress’ Emily Atkin went on to write, “All five of those candidates have expressed support for legislation to outlaw abortion after 20 weeks. Asked whether they support exceptions to the law in the case of rape or incest, Rubio has said no; Cruz has said no; and Paul has not specified. Both Kasich and Christie have said they support exceptions in the case of rape, incest, and health of the mother. Walker seems to be the only candidate so far who has said he does not support abortions even when the mother’s life is at risk.”
In regard to the legislation that is often referred to as “20-week abortion bans,” these laws nominally seek to ban abortion after or around 20 weeks’ gestation. According to RH Reality Check, a reproductive and sexual health media outlet, “Legal experts believe these laws are unconstitutional on their face because they undermine a key provision of Roe v. Wade, which established the right to an abortion in the United States up until fetal viability, generally determined by doctors to be around 24 weeks’ gestation.” They add, “Were the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold one of these bans, it would effectively dismantle the backbone of the court’s 1973 decision legalizing abortion in the United States.”
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