It was the worst of times, it was the even more worst of times. Such was the weekend message from Mitch McConnell and Andy Barr.
Mitch McConnell, with Andy Barr right by his side, rallied with folks who’d use the big hand of government to force rape survivors to carry a rape or incest-induced pregnancy to term, while Alison Lundergan Grimes rallied with a woman who’d help real live actual kids pay back their student loans. If you can’t tell, one of those rallies considers itself “pro life.”
On forcing raped women to have their rapist’s children, limiting a woman’s right to choose, questioning the need and morality of birth control and rolling back three decades of individual liberty, McConnell told the National Right to Life Convention:
“For six years, the president has been isolated from this growing movement,” McConnell said. “He will be forced to listen to the cause that’s brought us all here this morning.”
The convention was held in Louisville and was sponsored by the Kentucky Right to Life Association — an association so extreme it refuses to endorse any candidate who supports an abortion exemption for survivors of rape and incest. Congressman Andy Barr has received the Kentucky Right to Life Association’s “even in cases of rape and incest” endorsement.
If that was unclear, let’s state it again: Congressman Garland H. Barr IV believes that no exception should be made even in cases of rape and incest. If a young girl is raped and impregnated by her uncle, Andy Barr says, “Tough shit.”
In the past, Andy Barr has claimed to support only one exception to his hard-line and heartless stance: if the mother’s life is endangered. However, over the weekend, Barr questioned even that exception. Addressing the National Right to Life Convention, Barr said that concerns about the life of the mother are simply “cover for late-term abortions on demand and infanticide.”
Barr says "life of the mother" concerns are "cover for late-term abortions on demand and infanticide." #ky6
— Joe Sonka (@joesonka) June 28, 2014
Per his Kentucky Right to Life Association endorsement, Barr would even oppose abortions when they aren’t even abortions — such is the case with the morning after pill which is commonly administered after a rape when no one can know if the rapist impregnated the woman. Andy Barr opposes that pill.
Andy Barr also lashed out at Planned Parenthood. He called the group “an abortion factory” that has “nothing to do with planned parenthood.”
Andy Barr calls Planned Parenthood "an abortion factory" "that has nothing to do with planned parenthood." #ky6
— Joe Sonka (@joesonka) June 28, 2014
First of all… what would the point of an “abortion factory” be? What are they manufacturing? Do they count as blue collar workers? If Andy Barr were to shut Planned Parenthood down, would that be part of his war on American manufacturing jobs? Or is this just some sort of moronic dog whistle to suggest that there’s a secret leftist plot to kill babies because leftists hate babies and delight in killing them?
Either way, Planned Parenthood is hardly an “abortion factory” and contrary to Andy Barr’s mixed up beliefs has pretty much everything to do with planning parenthood:
- Planned Parenthood provides 585,000 Pap tests and nearly 640,000 breast exams each year, critical services in detecting cancer.
- Planned Parenthood provides nearly 4.5 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
- Three percent of all Planned Parenthood health services are abortion services.
- Planned Parenthood affiliates provide educational programs to more than one million young people and adults each year.
Scary stuff! Educational programs! Oooooooooo!
Nothing’s worse than an educated woman, right, Garland?
And speaking of education! Elizabeth Warren came to town to support Alison Lundergan Grimes in her race against Mitch McConnell. Warren was there to attack McConnell for his ongoing War on American Students and Young People.
McConnell recently doubled down on his war on our young people by blocking student loan reform. McConnell firebombed the bill’s chances, choosing to keep millions of young Americans locked up in secret government debt camps rather than ask a few millionaires to pay their fair share of taxes.
So Warren came to Kentucky — and a lot of people showed up:
— Col. Rae Hodge (@RaeHodge) June 29, 2014
I don’t have the official headcount but based on photos I’ve seen, it’s quite possible more people showed up for Warren & Grimes Student Loan Extravaganza than showed up for McConnell and Barr’s Rape & Incestpalooza.
But never fear! The McConnell folks were not deterred and loudly protested the Grimes/Warren event:
— David Miller (@iammillertime2) June 29, 2014
Including this absolutely devastating attack on the Grimes campaign, as captured by Mr. Sonka:
— Joe Sonka (@joesonka) June 29, 2014
That’s right, folks, Grimes supports UK.
Now… today is the last day of the Fundraising Quarter.
The campaigns need big numbers. Grimes is getting some great national and local support. Getting rid of Mitch McConnell is a pretty hot topic.
But there’s another way to help Ditch Mitch.
She’s running against Andy Barr. Her race has begun to get national attention as more and more people realize that the 6th District Congressional Race is not only winnable, it’s actually a vital component to winning the Kentucky Senate race.
As such, for lots of people who’ve already donated to the Grimes campaign, now is a really good opportunity to donate to the Jensen campaign:
Basically, the way the dynamics break down is this: The DCCC and other groups who can help push the 6th District race over the top have begun to take note of Jensen’s campaign against Barr. One of the things that determines how much they’ll be willing to help is how much help Jensen gets at home. For Grimes to win the Senate race, she’ll need a huge turnout in the 6th District. The stronger Jensen’s campaign is, the more it’s on the airwaves, the more Kentucky voters will hear about the McConnell/Barr agenda to, among other things, force women to have their rapist’s baby and severely limit access to perfectly reasonable forms of birth control.
So the clock’s ticking. Today’s the last day of the quarter, and there are a lot of folks waiting for the numbers from the Grimes and Jensen campaigns. If you’ve already done a lot to support the Grimes campaign, here’s a chance to do a little bit more. And if you’re just tired of Andy Barr, Jensen’s you’re chance to get rid of him.
If, on the other hand, you think rapists should be entitled and empowered to impregnate women and that the government should punish rape survivors who’ve had abortions with prison sentencences, then you’ll want to throw your money behind Andy Barr. You can do that here.
Or… you know…
Mitch McConnell’s statement on Hobby Lobby:
“Today’s Supreme Court decision makes clear that the Obama administration cannot trample on the religious freedoms that American Corporations hold dear.”
Andy Barr’s statement on Hobby Lobby:
“I applaud Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood for taking a stand against Obamacare’s attack on religious liberty and complete disregard for our First Amendment rights which the Founders clearly intended to mean that you are not allowed to make your own decisions about your body.”
Elisabeth Jensen’s statement on Hobby Lobby:
— Elisabeth Jensen (@JensenElis) June 30, 2014
Your statement on Hobby Lobby?: