Over on Twitter on Thursday, Laura Ingraham asked what I'm sure was her version of a touching, heartfelt, emotional, gotcha question:
I think it's pretty obvious what the answer is, so no response from Sen. Davis is really necessary. But to play the game, I'm sure that Ms. Davis would answer "none of the children on the playground should have been aborted." After all, what's at issue is not children on a playground, but zygotes and fetuses.
And of course, an equally easy question to ask in return is, "Laua Ingraham: Which kids that you see on the playground do you actually seriously care about in the slightest, most especially if that playground is in a poor, black neighborhood?"
But the larger point is how utterly disingenuous and smarmy her idiotic question is. After all, even in as far right a state as Texas is, a state so radically far-right it's trying to pass one of the most draconian anti-abortion bills in the country -- even that state bill, SB 5, allowed for abortions up to 20 weeks. So, if this is the game she wants to play, then the question to Laura Ingraham or Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) or any Republican in the Texas State Senate is -- Any of you: "Since you are supporting a bill that permits abortions up to 20 weeks, which kids that you see on that playground shouldn't be there?"
Ms. Ingraham, you might as well go first. Gov. Perry can wait a moment. I'm sure in Texas, it's ladies first. (Except in matters that concern their own bodies.) And all your other supporters of the bill, you just mingle among yourselves and line up after. Let Laura Ingraham answer first which of those children she'd like to see aborted up to 20 weeks. And yes, it's as stupid a question to ask her (and them) as it is for her to ask.
Then again, it would be just as easy to flip Ms. Ingraham's question about the sacredness of life another way. Because as heart-endearing as the thought of a little child is, children do grow up day-by-day and the adults they become are from that very same child who thankfully is running and jumping on the playground that Laura Ingraham wants to huge oh-so close in her arms. So, Laura Ingraham: Since life is so sacred to you, even to the degree of unborn life, which young men and women that you see playing in the prison yard with death sentences shouldn't be executed?
There are reasonable debating points on the issue of abortion. But when people like the Laura Ingrahams of the world throw in such inanity, it shows that they don't have a clue what they are. They aren't debating pro-choice or pro-life, they're just trying to be smarmy.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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