Since New York passed a progressive bill allowing for late-term abortions in the case that the mother is at risk of serious harm or the child is not viable, the right has been absolutely losing their minds. Many hysterical individuals have been promoting an imaginary vision of healthy pregnant women with perfectly healthy fetuses suddenly deciding the day before they’re due that they don’t want the kid anymore and having a last-second abortion. Not only has this never happened, the law would not allow for it.
Because of this dishonest propaganda machine, women have felt compelled to come forward to share heartbreaking stories of having to abort children they wanted because the baby would have died during or shortly after childbirth. Still, conservatives refuse to stop. Recently, Meghan McCain started spreading a less common but equally pants-on-fire lie claiming that the U.S. is “one of only seven nations in the world, along with North Korea and China, to allow abortion on demand after 20 weeks.”
Thankfully, a friendly local OB/GYN was happy to correct her in a thread that has since gone viral.
Hi @MeghanMcCain. I am an OB/GYN, abortion provider & researcher. I'd like to clarify some facts: 65 countries allow abortion at this stage in cases of fetal malformations or anomalies. (https://t.co/xkaHqCrV6v) The US doesn't have access to early abortion like many countries do. https://t.co/qzexI7S5HK— Dr. Daniel Grossman (@DrDGrossman) January 31, 2019
“65 countries allow abortion at this stage in cases of fetal malformations or anomalies,” Dr. Daniel Grossman explains, directly contradicting McCain. “The US doesn’t have access to early abortion like many countries do.”
He then goes on to explain that the only way that the U.S. is different from most countries on abortion is that we’re one of the few that does not provide public funding for abortion.
From your tweet, you suggest that you don't want the US to be a global outlier on abortion policy. Did you know that 78% of high-income countries provide public funding for abortion, making the US an outlier? https://t.co/PXKy6wOsN2— Dr. Daniel Grossman (@DrDGrossman) January 31, 2019
He follows up by explaining the actual reasons that women have abortions after 20 weeks, which he would know, because he’s one of the people actually talking to the women who have to get them. As it turns out, more women are having late-term abortions in the U.S. as a direct result of Republican legislation that makes it more difficult to get abortions at an earlier date. If anything that looks remotely like a human baby is getting aborted, it’s the fault of Republicans like Megan McCain.
Additionally, I see patients who need abortions after 20 weeks because the restrictions to abortion made it difficult for them to get care earlier. Everything from medically unnecessary waiting periods and ultrasound laws to shuttering of clinics and insurance bans create delays.— Dr. Daniel Grossman (@DrDGrossman) January 31, 2019
In fact, we found that there was an increase in second and third trimester abortions because of the laws in Texas (which were later found unconstitutional) that made access to first trimester abortions difficult. https://t.co/jYOQN525pp— Dr. Daniel Grossman (@DrDGrossman) January 31, 2019
Being the class act he is, Dr. Grossman ended by encouraging empathy for the people considering abortion and said he would be more than happy to discuss the issue with her on The View.
Will you have him on the show, Megan? Or is the truth too inconvenient for you?
Somebody should have Dr. Grossman on some show, because the people are loving him, even if they don’t think he’ll get through to McCain.
Thank you for sharing this. Making this decision is agonizing and should be kept private. It’s unfortunate that @MeghanMcCain is painfully ignorant of these facts.— Scarlett Walker,Ed.S (@ScarlettWalker2) January 31, 2019
Hey! HEY! Let's not let facts get in the way of a good Republican dog whistle! Okay? OKAY?— Brian Morgan (@bmorg62) January 31, 2019
Oh, Meghan doesn't trouble herself with facts, Dr. Grossman. She practices the art of machine-gun-like bursts of spin.— Cindy McLennan (@cindymclennan) January 31, 2019
Meghan rn: pic.twitter.com/0eWKgpxs1O— Your Vote Is Your Superpower (@yologuy) January 31, 2019
Know your audience, doctor. She's a member of the GOP. Facts and science are kryptonite to her.— Imperfect Stranger (@Random_1212) January 31, 2019
As fucking if she’d read this and take a logical consideration of the (extremely valid and factually accurate) points. She’s pro life because she was told that Republicans have to be pro life. Period. No more thought into it than that.— Speccy B (@hayleypdowd) January 31, 2019
Thank you to the physicians that care for all of us. Regardless of politics— busyrakingtheforestfloor (@suenadeau) January 31, 2019
Canada allows abortion on demand, and their rates are about 2/3 those of the US. Riddle me this, Megan.— Mary Contrary (@ShamaniacM) January 31, 2019
The Overwhelming majority of my Uber FundaMENTAList Roman Catholic GOP extended family who live in 6 states keep saying that democrats are allowing FULL TERM Abortions— Dave D FX (@answerallman) January 31, 2019
I must have been adopted
The sad part about Meghan is that basically she’s Tomi Lahren, but with a more connected family. So, she gets to be on tv spouting nonsense & gets away with it when it’s completely false. But, she has to live with what we all know is true, so... there’s the mirror.— Edward Browden (@edwardbrowden) January 31, 2019
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to her. There are far too many people who are unaware of actual medical facts and just repeat sound bites that promote their personal point of view.— Schoolhouse Rock Alum (@HouseOfMichele) February 1, 2019
How dare you use the myth of science against them?— IzsaB - TL40x2 (@03Kadin) January 31, 2019
Dr Grossman, I commend you for the factual data. I’m sorry it is wasted on Meghan because her goal is not to help women and their medical choices, but to hinder as the rest of her party has done. Thank you for your work Dr. Grossman.— Caesar Howell (@CaesarHowell3) January 31, 2019
@MeghanMcCain, Thanking Dr. Grossman for his factual correction to your interesting statement. It would appear I am also on your list of people who you cannot support. Must be good to live in such a clear world of your either with me or against me.— Fred Smith (@FasmithCO) February 1, 2019
Whenever the @GOP gets squirmy, they play to their "pro-life" and "anti-illegals" base. Fortunately 2/3rds of America see right through them.— Secret Asian Man (@JKriegh) January 31, 2019
@MeghanMcCain - we’re waiting for your public correction of the disinformation you’ve been disseminating.— WAG - Women’s Advocacy Group (@wagstl) January 31, 2019
These darn facts have a way of getting in the way of repubs gaslighting efforts— c dot (@c2TheDot) January 31, 2019
Thank you for such a reasoned, fact-based reply. I had to respond to my excited conservative sister this a.m. re: this. I wish I'd had your thread for discussion points. This hoo-ha is not about babies & we need to stop acting as if it is. Meghan knows that full well.— Lu Cooley (@lucooley) January 31, 2019
This is great! What the heck is abortion on demand? Is that what that button on my remote is for? ?— Megan Lizette ? (@MeganLizette) January 31, 2019
Thank you. Sad we live in a country that is fine limiting access to safe, early (legal!) abortion, yet has no issue increasing access to weapons of war.— Sharon (@sharon2go) January 31, 2019
And of course she has no response. Just throws false statements into the twitterverse and counts on people’s short attention span and gullibility level out of this world.— Matte It...Lose It (@BHenbo) January 31, 2019