DNC Chair: Criminalizing Non-consensual Abortion Limits Reproductive Rights

Debbie Wasserman Schultz smilingImagine a man successfully terminating the pregnancy of a woman he impregnated by giving her an abortion pill disguised as an antibiotic. That horrific scenario played out in the state of Florida last year when John Andrew Welden forged a prescription for misoprostol, relabeled it as amoxicillin, and convinced his then girlfriend that she had an infection and needed to take the antibiotic. Within hours, she miscarried.

The girlfriend, Remee Joe Lee, desperately wanted her child. Only six weeks pregnant at the time, she had already picked out a name for her baby.

When Welden’s role was discovered, and criminal ramifications were pursued, it was found that because of an oversight in Florida law, he could not be charged with harming the unborn baby. The best prosecutors could charge him with was violation of the federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act because he broke federal laws against product tampering.

State legislators sought to fix the legal loophole this year when they passed the Offenses Against Unborn Children Act which Lee and her family threw their support behind. The bill treats a crime that harms an unborn child separately from any damage caused to the unborn child’s mother.

One would think that there would be bipartisan support behind preventing another John Andrew Welden from forcing an unwanted abortion on an unsuspecting woman, but according to Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, such an initiative is “senseless”, “wrong”, and a waste of taxpayers time and money.

No, I’m not joking.

Speaking to WFSU in Tallahassee, the Florida Congresswoman offered her thoughts on the Offenses Against Unborn Children Act and another abortion-related bill that passed the legislature.

“Florida Republican lawmakers have wasted taxpayers time and money by passing these extreme bills that further limit women’s reproductive rights,” said Wasserman Schultz. “It is senseless and it’s wrong.”

So let me get this straight… It limits a woman’s reproductive rights to criminalize the infliction of an unwanted miscarriage inside that woman’s body? And turning such an reprehensible act into a crime is senseless, wrong, and a waste of time and money?

Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made a plethora of breathtakingly shameful remarks throughout her political career, but this one really takes the cake. The commitment this woman has to abortion apparently rises to the level of Stanley Kubrick-style perversity. Is the pro-choice decision no longer between a woman and her physician, but instead left up to a man who tricks a woman into taking an abortion pill?

Now, I’m sure that if the media pressed Wasserman Schultz on her comments (don’t count on that happening), she would try to qualify them by voicing concerns about precedents and slippery slopes when it comes to abortion-related laws in this country. Maybe she could even articulate some solid, specific reasoning behind her opposition to the bill. But that wouldn’t erase what she said, and the explanation certainly wouldn’t earn her any kind of pass if she wasn’t a Democrat.
From a Dead Sleep by John A. Daly
Can you imagine if a Republican politician, or even a conservative pundit (man or woman), had said something even remotely as offensive and creepy as what Wasserman Schultz said concerning reproduction? Democrats would be screaming from the high heavens about the GOP’s “War on Women.” A jihad of journalists would be calling on John Boehner to denounce the remarks. Reporters would be swarming around Sandra Fluke for comment. Democratic fundraiser emails, with the controversial quote in the subject line, would have already been sent out. President Obama would be on the phone with Remee Joe Lee, offering her words of comfort.

The blatant double-standard comes from the reality that the only extreme position the mainstream media ever recognizes on the issue of abortion is that of those who are against it. Thus, don’t expect the DNC Chair’s comments to be reported anywhere but on Fox News and conservative radio. They’ll quietly fall by the wayside, just as Barack Obama’s support of post-birth abortions did.

Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration, and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. His first novel, entitled "From a Dead Sleep", is now on sale! He lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • http://oldfox.info/ Terry “OldFox” Seale

    Deborah Wasserperson-Schultz reminds me of one reason I left NY. She must be the reincarnation or the illegitimate child of Bella Abzug. She’s got the vote of the Condo Commandoes and the Alcee Hastings constituency.

  • jazzdrums

    who would believe anything this person said

  • buckrodgers

    The Democrats could of passed, comprehensive immigration,women’s rights or anything else they wanted when they controlled both Houses Of Congress with a veto proof majority and had President Obama in the White House to sign it into law, so why didn;t they when they had a once in a lifetime chance to pass everything they say they wanted, The Republican party can’t be blamed for blocking laws that the Democrats never wanted in the first place.

  • curls1

    Wasserman-Idiot is just another Progressive dope, just like Waxman, Pelousy, Feinberg and Boxer. These people have no sense of reality.

  • Ron F

    I looked up the Florida House of Representatives site summary of the bill: “Designates act as “Florida Unborn Victims of Violence Act”; provides rule of construction that person who engages in conduct that violates Florida Criminal Code or criminal offense defined by another statute & causes death of, or bodily injury to unborn child commits separate offense if such offense is not specifically provided for; provides for penalties; specifies that certain types of knowledge or intent are not necessary for such offense; provides exceptions; revises definitions & terminology.” There could be other reasons to oppose the bill, knowledge or intent is not necessary. In addition, I do not know what revisions were made to definitions and terminology. I also tried to find out Representative Wasserman Schulz gave a more detailed statement why she opposed the bill. Therefore, we do not know why she opposed the bill.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      >>There could be other reasons to oppose the bill

      Why didn’t she give those reasons, and why hasn’t anyone asked her to explain what she said? You know they would have if a Republican had said something that extreme.

      • Ron F

        I agree that she could have explained her reasons and didn’t. On the other hand, I also know that very rarely does a bill do only what its proponent say it does. In California, the two Republican candidates for Governor were in a debate. One candidate who has been a strong Second Amendment supporter sponsored a bill that would remove the issuance of gun permits from local law enforcement agencies. His opponent accused him of sponsoring a bill that would give our extremely liberal Attorney General more power. Finally, I do not know what “they” would have done if a Republican had said something that extreme. For one, I am not sure what she said on the face of it is extreme. She said Florida lawmakers have wasted taxpayers time and money and that it would further limit reproductive rights. The statement is not extreme. We may disagree with it but it is not extreme. In addition, as I understand it, she was talking about two bills.

        • Steve Bryant

          Thanks for telling us what you know, Ron F. Now we know something about Ron F, too!

          • Ron F

            Steve, what is it that you know about me?

          • Steve Bryant

            That you feel compelled to defend Wasserman. “Why” remains unknown.

  • wally c

    I am not sure which is worst. Her picture, her voice, or her views?

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      Her absence of self-respect.

    • Steve Bryant

      What’s “worst” is that we, citizens in possession of common sense, allow this kind of lunacy to be in charge of our government. The shame is that sit around pointing out liberals’ behavior like Obama does when if effective says, “Just look at what that meanie Putin is doing!!! I can’t believe it!!”
      Believe it already, my fellow conservatives (ie, those in possession of their mental faculties) Believe it……

  • Tim Ned

    She’s in the same class as Eleanor Clift. Redefining murder. And their base is in step.

  • Kernighan

    Interesting “riff” on the subject of “choice”. In this case, didn’t the woman, Remee Joe Lee, “Choose” to have the baby? So, we’re support a woman’s “right to choose”, and I’d think this man took that away from her. Oh, no, no, no, says Wasserman Schultz. So much for “choice”.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      Yep.

  • Kernighan

    @John Daly: I’m really liking your work here. Particularly this:

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made a plethora of breathtakingly shameful remarks throughout her political career, but this one really takes the cake. The commitment this woman has to abortion apparently rises to the level of Stanley Kubrick-style perversity.

    I’m not sure even Kubrick could do justice to the bizarro-world Queen, but if anyone could perhaps. As a mental game, I’ve sometimes wondered: Is anyone weirder and more rotten to the core than our POTUS? The answer I come up with involves either Nancy Pelosi, or Debbie Wasserman Schultz. I stumble a bit upon their apparent appalling lack of basic intelligence, but who knows, perhaps they simply are so utterly corrupt, and so devoid of morals that this is simply “the way they roll”. Intelligence takes many forms. Perhaps here we’re seeing it applied to evil.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      Thanks Kernighan. People like Reid, Pelosi, and Wasserman Schultz will say anything… and I mean ANYTHING to help their political party – even if it comes at the cost of losing any ounce of self respect they might still have.

  • Jeff Webb

    She’s one of those people who’s just as unpleasant inside as she is outside. If she’s not in the top-5 thoroughly vilest liberal pols, along with the likes of Reid, she’s damn close.
    I keep thinking back to a put-down I heard back in high school (verbs cleaned up): “I wouldn’t even write her with someone else’s pen.”

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      Very rarely do we see anyone in politics embrace her level of shamelessness, and that’s really saying something.

  • gold7406

    debbie-dnc: debbie first, dnc second, dem third, everyone else line up.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      Yep.