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MSNBC’s Irin Carmon Whines About New ‘Abortion Restrictions’ in Texas

by | Jan 7, 2014


By Jeffrey Meyer

Irin Carmon

Irin Carmon

MSNBC’s Irin Carmon — the New York Abortion Access Fund’s 2013 Champion for Choice award winner– never hesitates in showing her support for “reproductive rights.” Whether it be in the newly established website or on the airwaves of MSNBC, Carmon bemoans any attempts made by state legislatures to make abortion clinics safer through health department regulation.

It should come as no surprise then that a January 6 piece by Ms. Carmon — and her subsequent appearance alongside MSNBC host Thomas Roberts during his 11 a.m. Eastern program — would strike a similar tone to her previous work on the subject of abortion. Carmon began her story by huffing that:

“The constitutionality of two of Texas’s abortion restrictions is being debated in a federal appeals court here. But for Texans seeking abortions, the full weight of the law, most of which is already in force, is anything but theoretical.”

Carmon continued on the same vein on the January 6 MSNBC Live program with Roberts:

They have attorneys for the clinics and attorneys for the states basically arguing over how bad does a law have to be in order to violate the Supreme Court’s standard that a woman has a constitutional right to an abortion?

In her story, Carmon expressed her discontent with the judges on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ history on abortion:

“For now, three Fifth Circuit judges – all female, all appointed by Republican presidents, and all of whom have shown a hostility to reproductive rights in the past – will question attorneys for the state and for several abortion providers challenging the law.”

Carmon took her sentiments even further on air, complaining:

“There are two clinics that had to close in that region. This was brought up repeatedly in today’s hearing. They pointed out that even though it was already pretty bad for Texas women in terms of abortion access, this law, HB-2, has made it worse.”

Nowhere in her pro-abortion-rights rants did Carmon bother to explain exactly how these abortion clinics “had to close” ignoring the fact that these clinics chose not to make the necessary upgrades to comply with Texas law. …

Carmon’s online piece is slanted in a similar fashion, peppered with quotes from abortion supporters, including the Center for Reproductive Rights and the CEO of an abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley. Carmon’s piece doesn’t bother to quote supporters of the law, as much like her past articles on abortion serve more to cheerlead the abortion industry than provided balanced coverage on the subject.

Carmon concluded her story by whining one last time that:

The worst may be yet to come. The state only just issued specific regulations requiring that all abortions be performed in ambulatory surgical centers, authorized under the same omnibus abortion bill. According to Hagstrom Miller, of the 23 clinics with physicians who have admitting privileges, there are only six that currently have that certification, which can costs millions to achieve. An estimated 60,000 Texan women seek abortions every year.

Editor’s note. This appeared at The blog post also includes a transcript of the Carmon/Roberts discussion.

Categories: Abortion Media Bias