By Mark Finkelstein
On a recent Tiffany Cross’s MSNBC show, in a segment on abortion and Mississippi’s effort to overturn Roe v. Wade, MSNBC regular Elie Mystal twice portrayed pro-life people as treating women like “incubators with mouthparts.”
Pro-life people would reject Mystal’s foul metaphor. They would instead point out that Mystal and his ilk would treat unborn children like a clump of cells to be discarded at will up to—and in the case of opponents of born-alive protections, even beyond—the moment of birth.
This being Cross’s show, race was inevitably brought into the discussion. Felice León of The Root said that her “black and brown sisters” in Mississippi would be particularly affected by the state’s law, since they obtain a disproportionate number of abortions. León described the state Attorney General bringing the case before the Supreme Court as “a wealthy white woman who is acting in the interest of conservatives and other wealthy white women.”
Cross agreed, “100%.”
In fact, by León’s own calculus, Mississippi’s law would protect the lives of unborn black and Latino children in relatively greater proportions.
Abortion-rights promoters like Mystal and Cross like to allude to “The Handmaid’s Tale” in an effort to belittle pro-life women as mindless robots subjugated by men. Mystal claimed, “we treat women like we’re in Gilead already.” And Cross disparaged Justice Amy Coney Barrett as “an actual real, live ‘Handmaid’ on the Supreme Court.”
Mystal ended the segment by saying that the only way to protect abortion rights is to pack the Supreme Court—a pet cause of the bombastic liberal.
Oddly, Mystal, a lawyer, described court-packing as a “constitutional” power. Was he implying that a constitutional amendment would be required? In fact, a cause of concern for pro-lifers and conservatives at large is that the Court could be expanded via the normal congressional process.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.