CNN’s Dana Bash’s Solution To Child Poverty: Kill The Babies

CNN’s Dana Bash’s Solution To Child Poverty: Kill The Babies

Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson went on CNN Sunday to defend his decision last year to sign a near-total ban on abortion with exceptions limited to medical emergencies that jeopardize the life of the mother.

“I signed it because it is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade,” Hutchinson said last year, telling CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” Sunday that he now wants the law revisited to include exceptions for rape and incest after a similar law in Mississippi provoked the challenge instead.

“Those are two exceptions I have recognized, I believe are very appropriate,” the governor explained. “And what will happen as time goes on, if Roe v. Wade is reversed, these are going to become very real circumstances.”

Bash, however, took issue with the uncertain prospects of caring for more children altogether in a state ranked 48th in child poverty.

Bash warned that “Arkansas already struggles to support vulnerable children” who, judging by the question, she apparently thinks might be better off dead. “Nearly 1 in 4 children in Arkansas lives in poverty. More than 4,600 kids are already in your state’s overloaded foster care system. Do you really think that your state is prepared to protect and care for even more children if abortion does become illegal there?”

Hutchinson acknowledged his state’s “historic challenges with poverty” while touting the expansion of Medicaid and foster programs to enhance childcare.

“It’s been a high priority,” the governor said. “Obviously there’s always opportunity to do more. And we have to address this issue with compassion because of the difficult circumstances and the fact that you’re dealing with most vulnerable populations.”

The governor’s brief remarks failed to push back on the premise of the question, however, that children in poverty could have avoided their circumstances had impoverished mothers opted to forgo the gift of life to begin with.

Cautionary tales of extreme poverty have become a signature argument of the pro-abortion lobby under the same logic that justifies pregnancy termination for children expected to have genetic conditions such as Down syndrome. Bash ought to ask a child with Down syndrome whether he or she would have rather been aborted. The answer would certainly be no.

While their explicit reasons for doing so are grotesque, leftists aren’t entirely wrong in pointing out high levels of child poverty preceding a post-Roe baby boom. It’s true that a vast number of women who pursue the deadly procedure are themselves below the federal poverty line, and kids are more expensive than ever. Toss runaway inflation into the mix when child poverty is already on the rise, and it’s conceivable millions of children will be born into less than preferable circumstances. But to suggest a child born into poverty is worse than no child born at all not only dismisses the sanctity of life and insults every individual with a rags-to-riches story, but it also ignores efforts among pro-life activists to enhance the affordability of childcare or life-saving alternatives like adoption.

Pro-life policymakers can and should be preparing for a post-Roe America with substantive solutions on childcare, especially as the nation’s population grows at its slowest pace since the Declaration of Independence was written. America needs more babies, and Republicans such as Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley are already working on ways to make childcare more affordable so that abortion, which will remain legal in states such as California even after Roe is gone, is no longer viewed as an attractive financial incentive.


Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

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CNN’s Dana Bash’s Solution To Child Poverty: Kill The Babies

CNN’s Dana Bash’s Solution To Child Poverty: Kill The Babies

Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson went on CNN Sunday to defend his decision last year to sign a near-total ban on abortion with exceptions limited to medical emergencies that jeopardize the life of the mother.

“I signed it because it is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade,” Hutchinson said last year, telling CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” Sunday that he now wants the law revisited to include exceptions for rape and incest after a similar law in Mississippi provoked the challenge instead.

“Those are two exceptions I have recognized, I believe are very appropriate,” the governor explained. “And what will happen as time goes on, if Roe v. Wade is reversed, these are going to become very real circumstances.”

Bash, however, took issue with the uncertain prospects of caring for more children altogether in a state ranked 48th in child poverty.

Bash warned that “Arkansas already struggles to support vulnerable children” who, judging by the question, she apparently thinks might be better off dead. “Nearly 1 in 4 children in Arkansas lives in poverty. More than 4,600 kids are already in your state’s overloaded foster care system. Do you really think that your state is prepared to protect and care for even more children if abortion does become illegal there?”

Hutchinson acknowledged his state’s “historic challenges with poverty” while touting the expansion of Medicaid and foster programs to enhance childcare.

“It’s been a high priority,” the governor said. “Obviously there’s always opportunity to do more. And we have to address this issue with compassion because of the difficult circumstances and the fact that you’re dealing with most vulnerable populations.”

The governor’s brief remarks failed to push back on the premise of the question, however, that children in poverty could have avoided their circumstances had impoverished mothers opted to forgo the gift of life to begin with.

Cautionary tales of extreme poverty have become a signature argument of the pro-abortion lobby under the same logic that justifies pregnancy termination for children expected to have genetic conditions such as Down syndrome. Bash ought to ask a child with Down syndrome whether he or she would have rather been aborted. The answer would certainly be no.

While their explicit reasons for doing so are grotesque, leftists aren’t entirely wrong in pointing out high levels of child poverty preceding a post-Roe baby boom. It’s true that a vast number of women who pursue the deadly procedure are themselves below the federal poverty line, and kids are more expensive than ever. Toss runaway inflation into the mix when child poverty is already on the rise, and it’s conceivable millions of children will be born into less than preferable circumstances. But to suggest a child born into poverty is worse than no child born at all not only dismisses the sanctity of life and insults every individual with a rags-to-riches story, but it also ignores efforts among pro-life activists to enhance the affordability of childcare or life-saving alternatives like adoption.

Pro-life policymakers can and should be preparing for a post-Roe America with substantive solutions on childcare, especially as the nation’s population grows at its slowest pace since the Declaration of Independence was written. America needs more babies, and Republicans such as Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley are already working on ways to make childcare more affordable so that abortion, which will remain legal in states such as California even after Roe is gone, is no longer viewed as an attractive financial incentive.


Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

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Pelosi Calls on Private Companies to Provide Travel for Abortions

Pelosi Calls on Private Companies to Provide Travel for Abortions

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that “of course” private companies should provide travel expenses for their employees to receive an abortion in a state where it is legal if Roe v Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court.

Anchor Dana Bash said, “What can you do to help women who will be seeking abortions, but live in states where it’s banned For example, would you encourage private companies to provide travel for abortions as a health benefit?”

Pelosi said, “Well, of course, that, but the fact is we, as a country — this is — let’s just put this in perspective. What we want women and families and everyone to focus on is the nature of this decision. This is — our country, the genius of our founders was to have a Constitution that enabled freedom to expand. And it did with marriage equality, it did with Roe v. Wade, in many ways, defining freedom more fully.”

She continued, “This is the first time the court has taken back a freedom that was defined by precedent and respect for privacy. So, let’s stay focused on who we are as the country and not turn into something where we have to depend on the privacy. I think that’s all good. It’s helpful to the women, and that’s important. But it’s also important to know that this is not right. This is not the path of freedom for our country. So they’re putting freedom on the ballot. And our democracy has been on the ballot because of what they have — are doing to elections.”

Pelosi added, “But this is a place where freedom and the kitchen table issues of America’s families come together. What are the decisions that a family makes? What about contraception for young people? It’s just beyond a particular situation. It’s massive, in terms of contraception, in vitro fertilization, again, a woman’s right to decide. And it’s OK — we want to mitigate for the damage, but we have to get rid of the damage.”

When asked about Roe v Wade potentially being overturned by the Supreme Court, Pelosi said, “Who would have ever suspected that a creature like Donald Trump would become president of the United States by waving a list of judges he would appoint, therefore, getting the support of the far-right — and appointing those anti-freedom justices to the court. So, this is not about long game. We played a long game. We won Roe v. Wade a long time ago. We voted to protect it over time.”

She continued, “Let’s not take our eye off the ball. The ball is this court, which is dangerous to the freedoms of our country. Beware in terms of marriage equality, beware in terms of other aspects of it, and so it is. Let’s not waste our time on that. The fact is, this is a dangerous court to families, to freedom in our country. And that is why people have to mobilize. My saying is we don’t agonize. We organize, we go out there and make sure people know that if they, actually elections have consequences.”

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Clarence Thomas on SCOTUS Leak: ‘I Wonder How Long We’re Going to Have These Institutions’

Clarence Thomas on SCOTUS Leak: ‘I Wonder How Long We’re Going to Have These Institutions’

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke out about the leaked draft opinion on abortion Friday, saying such a breach brings into question how long our country’s institutions will last “at the rate we’re undermining them.”

Thomas, the longest-serving justice on the nation’s high court, was speaking at a conference for black conservatives in Dallas when he addressed the issue of the leak, saying “I do think that what happened at the court is tremendously bad.”

“I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them, and then I wonder when they’re gone or destabilized what we will have as a country. And I don’t think the prospects are good if we continue to lose them,” he continued.

The draft opinion, the authenticity of which was confirmed by Chief Justice John Roberts, was written by fellow Justice Samuel Alito. It was an explicit overturning of the infamous pro-abortion case Roe v. Wade as well as Planned Parenthood v. Casey — sending the issue of abortion back to state legislatures.

In confirming its authenticity, Roberts said that it was not necessarily the ruling that the Court will come down with, while at the same time directing the Marshal of the Court to open an investigation into the origin of the leak.

While many on the left lauded the leak as “brave,” those more concerned about the longevity of American institutions took a different view.

“When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin to look over your shoulder,” Thomas said. “It’s kind of like infidelity in that you can explain it, but you can’t undo it.”

“If someone said that one line of one opinion would be leaked by anyone, you would say that, ‘Oh, That’s impossible. No one would ever do that,’” the George H.W. Bush appointee, who has been sitting on the court since 1991, said. “That was verboten. It was beyond anyone’s understanding, or at least anyone’s imagination.”

Speaking about other justices with whom he has served, Thomas said the breach has changed the working climate of the Court.

“This is not the court of that era,” said Thomas, who was confirmed in 1991. “I sat with (famously liberal justice) Ruth Ginsburg for almost 30 years and she was actually an easy colleague to deal with. … We may have been a dysfunctional family, but we were a family.”

After the leak, leftist organizations doxxed the home addresses of conservative justices, leading to demonstrations outside their homes, high police presence, and at least one justice being taken to an undisclosed location for his personal safety.

Thomas, however, said that only leftists engage in such behavior.

“You would never visit Supreme Court justices’ houses when things didn’t go our way,” Thomas told the group of conservatives he was addressing. “We didn’t throw temper tantrums. … It is incumbent on us to always act appropriately and not to repay tit for tat.”

Thomas, who is a noted critic of stare decisis — the legal policy that holds even erroneous precedent should be upheld simply because it is precedent, unless there is a special justification for overruling it — referenced Alito’s argument that the policy should not be used as an excuse to uphold bad law, saying, “When someone uses stare decisis that means they’re out of arguments.”

Breccan F. Thies is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.

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Watch Live: Massive Pro-Abortion Protest in Los Angeles

Watch Live: Massive Pro-Abortion Protest in Los Angeles

Pro-abortion protesters hit the streets of Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and several other major cities on Saturday in opposition to the leaked Supreme Court decision signaling the end of Roe v. Wade.

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Senator asks AG Garland why Madison anti-abortion center attack not Domestic Terrorism

Senator asks AG Garland why Madison anti-abortion center attack not Domestic Terrorism


Wis Sen Johnson asks AG Garland why Madison anti-abortion cntr attack Not Domestic Terrorism

Johnson highlighted ongoing protests outside the homes of the court’s Republican-appointed justices

By Ben Whedon

In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson questioned why the Justice Department  has not labeled a violent attack on an anti-abortion center in his home state as “domestic terrorism.”

Pro-abortion activist group Jane’s Revenge last weekend targeted the Wisconsin Family Action clinic in Madison with Molotov cocktails, following the release of a draft opinion from Justice Samuel Alito suggesting the Supreme Court was poised to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case that gives women the constitutional right to access an abortion.

He pointed out in the letter that the group has claimed responsibility for the crime and said, “This was only a warning… next time the infrastructure of the enslavers will not survive. … Wisconsin is the first flashpoint, but we are all over the US, and we will issue no further warnings.”

The Republican lawmaker also pointed out the FBI defines a domestic terrorism incident as an “ideologically-driven criminal act, including threats or acts of violence made to specific victims, made in furtherance of a domestic ideological goal that has occurred and can be confirmed.”

And he wrote. “Attacking a pro-life organization in a manner that could have injured or killed the office’s occupants due to differing political ideologies fits these definitions. … I am unfortunately compelled to write to you about this matter because DOJ has a track record of not prosecuting left-wing violence as we have seen with the summer of 2020 riots that occurred nationwide.”

He also cited the protests outside of the homes of the Supreme Court’s Republican-appointed justices, most of whom, according to the leak, have endorsed reversing Roe v. Wade. 

“There are currently mobs outside of the residences,” Johnson wrote. “The intimidation of sitting Supreme Court justices is a clear violation of federal law, and, once again, DOJ, FBI, and [the Department of Homeland Security] have yet to condemn these activities. Compare your silence on these events to your robust actions against parents attending public school board meetings to voice their concerns about far-left ideologies being integrated into school” curriculum.

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Watch: Pro-Abortion Protesters Call for ‘Mandatory Vasectomies’ Outside Samuel Alito Event

Watch: Pro-Abortion Protesters Call for ‘Mandatory Vasectomies’ Outside Samuel Alito Event

ARLINGTON, Virginia — Pro-abortion protesters outside George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School Thursday afternoon called for “mandatory vasectomies” and claimed that “the Bible itself tells you how to perform abortions.”

About 30 abortion advocates gathered outside the front entrance to the law school in Arlington, Virginia, to protest an address set to be given by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito at the school.

The address was being given by Alito remotely from the court building while fallout from a draft opinion overturing infamous pro-abortion case Roe v. Wade — written by Alito — was leaked, leading leftists to gather outside justices homes to protest.

Pro-abortion protesters outside GMU's Antonin Scalia Law School as Justice Samuel Alito gives an address. (Breccan F. Thies / Breitbart News).

Pro-abortion protesters outside GMU’s Antonin Scalia Law School as Justice Samuel Alito gives an address. (Breccan F. Thies / Breitbart News).

According to reports, Alito had been moved to an undisclosed location for his own safety after justices’ home addresses were published online.

“The Bible itself tells you how to perform abortions,” one speaker, who spoke about an abortion she had gotten proudly next to her young daughter, claimed. “It talks about … performing abortions in numerous aspects.”

After seeking refuge under a tent as it began to sprinkle with rain, the same speaker asked the other protesters if there was legislation do mandate vasectomies. After the group responded, “No!” the woman started chanting, “mandatory vasectomies!”

This same speaker claimed “abortion is a human right” that is part of the reason she went to law school — apparently at George Mason University.

Pro-abortion protesters outside GMU's Antonin Scalia Law School as Justice Samuel Alito gives an address. (Breccan F. Thies / Breitbart News).

Pro-abortion protesters outside GMU’s Antonin Scalia Law School as Justice Samuel Alito gives an address. (Breccan F. Thies / Breitbart News).

“Abortion saves lives,” she continued, apparently unironically. “It makes it to where kids can keep their mothers. Fifty-six percent of abortions are done by mothers.”

Roe v. Wade is essential healthcare, it’s the right to privacy,” she said before erroneously claiming that the case also affects the legality of interracial marriage, contraception, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Speaking about women as though they are a monolithic voting block, the speaker said, “Don’t you think that if the women of this nation — the 52 percent of this nation that is female — stood up and took up arms that they would not have it and they would put in gun rights and gun restrictions almost immediately?”

She then questioned why Justice Amy Coney Barrett would have a police officer outside her home after her address was doxxed by leftists before questioning why Alito had to call in virtually instead of being in-person, apparently without recognizing that the left has made it dangerous for the justices to go out in public.

Pro-abortion protesters outside GMU's Antonin Scalia Law School as Justice Samuel Alito gives an address. (Breccan F. Thies / Breitbart News).

Pro-abortion protesters outside GMU’s Antonin Scalia Law School as Justice Samuel Alito gives an address. (Breccan F. Thies / Breitbart News).

One freshman who said she is originally from Tennessee and said the Volunteer State put in place a “trigger law” that would make abortion illegal as soon as Roe was overturned officially.

“I think about my senator, Marsha Blackburn, who preaches about saving the children,” she said. “Marsha, how can you save the children if you are forcing them to give birth?”

“I think about my governor, Bill Lee, who passed this ‘trigger law,’ and I think about how he runs on the premise of bettering mental health in Tennessee,” she continued.

“What about the women who would rather kill themselves than give birth to a child?” she yelled to cheers. “What about the women who don’t want to have children because they could pass on hereditary mental illness?”

Addressing those who are in favor of ending abortion, the freshman said, “remember that ending abortion does not end abortion, it ends safe abortion.”

“You will be killing us with this ruling,” she continued. “To Justice Alito: I will not forget your brief when the women in my state are dying. And to every single judge that has voted in favor of overturning Roe: I will not forget you when the entire nation is dying.”

“You will have blood on your hands,” she yelled, apparently unironically. “And your hands will be covered in blood just like my state will be.”

Breccan F. Thies is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.

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Report: Newsrooms Warn Journalists to Keep Abortion Views Private

Report: Newsrooms Warn Journalists to Keep Abortion Views Private

It appears that newsroom managers have warned reporters against voicing their personal views on abortion as the Supreme Court potentially stands on the cusp of overturning Roe v. Wade.

According to a recent Vanity Fair report, certain news outlets have taken a markedly different tone than the one they employed during the Black Lives Matter protests over the death of George Floyd. For instance, during the height of the protests/riots of 2020, Axios chief executive Jim VandeHei told employees in a company-wide memo that they were encouraged to exercise their “rights to free speech, press, and protest.” In recent days, however, the company has been singing a different tune to its employees. Earlier this week, a memo circulated among the Axios staff urged journalists to keep their opinions secret.

“Abortion is a human rights issue that has become a highly politicized topic, with very specific policies being debated in Washington and in most states,” wrote VandeHei. “So it seems impossible to march—or tweet opinions—and not be perceived as picking a political side in public.”

VandeHei warned that such activism “could undermine our trusted journalism.”

An Axios spokesperson told Vanity Fair said that the policy stands in line with the company’s mission statement.

“We have been consistent and clear since Axios’s inception: we want our company focused on reporting and fact-based news, not opinion. We know this is hard for staff when they feel their values or identity are under attack, but this is our shared mission,” said the spokesperson.

Reporters with the Associated Press and NPR were also issued a similar memo, according to Poynter.

Journalists have since taken to Twitter to voice their discontent.

“As we speak, journalists who expressed their anger and distress on Twitter over their bodily autonomy and rights being taken away are now getting reprimanded for it,” said Jess Joho of Mashable. “Please, explain to me: exactly whose version of ‘objectivitie truth’ are we supposed to stick to here?”

Though the New York Times has issued no memo on the matter, the outlet directed Vanity Fair to its ethical journalism guidelines, which says staff members “may not march or rally in support of public causes or movements” or do things such as “sign ads taking a position on public issues” that may “reasonably raise doubts about their ability or The Times’s ability to function as neutral observers in covering the news.”

Only Rolling Stone (not exactly a bastion of objectivity) told employees that they were welcome to share their beliefs on the issue.

“Unlike so many other newsrooms, you don’t have to stifle your beliefs around here. This is a place where we can champion our convictions, where we can be our fullest selves,” Rolling Stone top editor Noah Shachtman told staff in a Slack message last Tuesday.

 “Of course, we have to maintain the highest standards of accuracy and authenticity in our reporting; we can’t take shortcuts, or substitute opinions for facts. But this is a multi-pronged offensive against our rights and we need to be frank with our readers about what’s at stake—no euphemisms, no sugar-coating,” he added.

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