Calling pro-lifers racists “just a joke,” MSNBC contributor says

By Dave Andrusko

Nancy Giles

A quick update from a story we ran earlier—“Commentator says on MSNBC that Pro-lifers oppose abortion to ‘build up the race’

The commentator is Nancy Giles, a contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning Show. Giles appeared over the weekend on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show  to attribute racism to pro-lifers.  Thanks to the work of Newsbusters.org, which publicized Giles’ tasteless remarks, people objected, posting on Giles’ Twitter feed.

Giles posted one of those famous “Jeez, you guys have no sense of humor” responses. Specifically, she tweeted, “Holy cow. A joke! I’m sorry if i offended you, truly, but it was my nutty sense of humor. That is all.”

At the risk of stating the super obvious, had a pro-lifer made a comparable remark, he or she would have been flayed alive. The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto summarized it beautifully:

“Have you noticed how abortion proponents always seem to come up with amazingly strained theories about opponents’ motives–they hate sex, they want to control women, etc.? Abortion opponents say they believe that unborn children are human beings with the right to life. One may disagree, but that belief is an entirely straightforward and reasonable explanation for why someone would take an antiabortion position.

“Apparently the pro-abortion side fears if it acknowledged that position is sincerely held, that would be tantamount to acknowledging it may be true.”