On Thursday evening, Fox News host Laura Ingraham sent the internet into a frenzy when she announced, via video, that a new federal ban on partial-birth abortion does not allow the procedure to be used to kill a baby who is still in its mother’s womb. Ingraham, who has long been criticized for her controversial, anti-abortion views, then stated that there were multiple ways in which the procedure could be carried out: “It’s either breech or vaginally, the baby is still alive.”
Although some media outlets reported that the host referred to a section of the definition of “miscarriage” in the law — which has been misreported over the years — a transcript of her controversial segment, obtained by Mic, reveals that she was actually referring to an exception in the law that allows abortions for the mother’s health.
The conversation between each of the viewers’ hands transpired as follows:
Ingraham: For the prosecution to bring a case, which is going to be a tough one to make, the evidence must show that the baby was alive and in fact fighting for its life after the entrance of the first forceps or scissors. So, if it was torn away as if the mother was nursing it, then the mother could not have been seriously injured in any way.
“An early childhood education and outreach expert named Christina Shank, a childbirth educator at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, says she actually sees the reaction of the child in these instances.”
“Ms. Shank says that in her professional opinion, that the eyes and the tiny hand and maybe also the facial expressions are all evidence that the child was alive.”
“So, what do you make of that? Do you agree that there might be little signs of life?”
“Well, I see the redness, but that happens if the baby is cut into more than two-thirds of the way,” says the nurse. “And the baby’s face was shiver. Then, of course, the eyes — and you should hear the movements, the movements of the lips. And I’m not saying that’s a good thing, but that’s how it happens. You see? The head was already off.”
“You mean that he may be breathing?”
“Well, I think that’s your first learning.”
“You know, I’m no doctor,” Shank says. “But I’ve never seen anything like that before.”
“This woman is a professional,” Ingraham says. “She is fully aware of what her standard of care is, including in abortion cases. She’s in charge of the entire [H]ospital.”
After the segment was discussed on-air, actor Penn Badgley, who made a cameo on the show “This Is Us,” took to Twitter to reveal he had been “concerned” about the segment, saying, “I’m starting to understand why Laura Ingraham made big news last night.”
I’m starting to understand why Laura Ingraham made big news last night. — Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) November 30, 2018
Read the full story at Mic.
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