Fox News host Katie Pavlich claimed that New York’s new abortion law, which allows women to have abortions in the third trimester because of the mother’s life in danger or because of her health, is for “recreational abortions”:
So this New York abortion law which allows abortion up til the day before birth is, essentially, a recreational abortion bill.
Pavlich made her bizarre statement wile interviewing Dr. Omar Hamada, who incorrectly insisted that there is never a reason to abort a fetus in the third trimester:
You know, there are some reasons that we will end a pregnancy in the first trimester or other reasons in the second trimester, but there’s absolutely no reason to end a pregnancy so that the child dies in the third trimester.
The Center for Disease Control says that there are reasons a woman might be forced to terminate in the third trimester.
Dr. Jennifer Conti told The Guardian why women would have an abortion in the third trimester:
Abortions that occur at this stage in pregnancy are often the result of tragic diagnoses and are exactly the scenarios wherein patients need their doctors, and not obstructive politicians.
Asking a woman to carry a fatally flawed pregnancy to term is, at the very least, heartbreaking. I’ve often heard women say that they chose to end such pregnancies because of unselfish reasons: they couldn’t bear the thought of putting their fetus through even more pain or suffering.
Pavlich was pounded on Twitter for her comments:
@KatiePavlich are you the dumbest person on Fox? It’s a HUGE field of contenders, but you, you absolute moron, calling late term abortion “recreational abortion”, you take the cake. So dumb, so ignorant. Golly gee, I hope you’re never faced with this decision. Shame on you.
— Melanie (@sydneygrrl) January 27, 2019
When GOP politicians force their mistresses to get an abortion, it’s not considered *recreational*, but a *work expense*
— Lorie (@Lorette34397843) January 28, 2019
Recreational abortions? WTF that’s like having recreational beatings with a baseball bat. https://t.co/EozX9rPELD
— Murf the Surf (@henrym56) January 28, 2019
Recreational abortions??!?!! The stupid is strong with this one🙄 pic.twitter.com/Meo7jdHH4T
— Patricia Yamane (@yamane_patricia) January 28, 2019
This law is meant to prevent women from having to deliver a dying or dead baby. It’s not ‘recreational!’
— (((Dell))) (@fdell3) January 27, 2019
@KatiePavlich of @foxnews calls terminating an unviable, terminally ill fetus a ‘recreational’ abortion, criticizing a Dr & patient for the option of avoiding a fetus a painful death post-birth, or delivering a dead fetus. Forcing a mother to birth a dead/dying baby is barbaric! https://t.co/sptlD0jYij
— David S (@David_DScalett) January 27, 2019
The word “recreational” has been chosen carefully to debase the people and procedures they are talking about. That’s what makes it a lie. Who in Gods name has a recreational abortion? I would be appalled and lobbying against them! THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PRO CHOICE.
— GeordieLass (@IndivisableJ) January 27, 2019
Seriously?! A woman would say the words recreational and abortion in one sentence. Omg does fox literally has no editors or producers or a shred of human decency?! https://t.co/0UO5aGZHGb
— Asiram the Resista! (@AsiramThe) January 27, 2019