Republican Congressman Mike Moon (R-Missouri) posted a disturbing video on Monday promoting his views on abortion.
The video opens with Moon standing next to a live chicken strung upside down. If you already have the sick feeling that something twisted is up, moments later you will be proven heartbreakingly right.
Without ceremony, Moon snaps the chicken's neck and then rips out its heart, all the while discussing Gov. Eric Greitens' demand for lawmakers to attend a special session in Jefferson City with the intention of placing further limitations on the state's already extremely restrictive abortion laws. Under current Missouri law, women must first have a government-sanctioned counseling session, and then wait 72 hours before being able to act on their constitutional right to an abortion.
“So we’ve been called back to this special session for the primary purpose of supporting life, protecting the unborn specifically,” Moon says, his apron splattered with the chicken's blood. “I think we need to get to the heart of the matter here. So today, I’m filing a bill that will lead to the stopping of abortion in the state of Missouri and I hope you’ll support it.”
Warning: The following video contains graphic content.
Some were disturbed by the point Moon seemed to be making: that brutally murdering a chicken is similar to a woman making a decision about her own body. Others pointed out the hypocrisy of preaching life while dismembering an animal.
Rep. Mike Moon of Missouri (R) posted a video of himself slaughtering a chicken to spotlight his new bill to ban abortion in the state. https://t.co/LyyOxzx8qf— Astrid (@BecksUnderwear) June 13, 2017
MO Rep. Mike Moon unironically explains why he supports a "culture of life" - while beheading a chicken. https://t.co/WMwH3l0VH4— Jeff Smith (@JeffSmithMO) June 13, 2017
The congressman himself insisted that there was no correlation between his killing of the chicken and abortion, yet after his tweet in response to the backlash shows that's a lie.
Some people seem to be freaking out about the chicken video... I wonder if they know what an abortion is?... https://t.co/N4YVaFdCvg— Mike Moon (@realmikemoon) June 13, 2017
A woman's right to make choices in regard to her own body has always been under attack, but in the current political climate religious zealots and politicians with Draconian views feel more enabled to push forward with agendas that have zero regard for a woman's agency. Moon's recent video is just one example among many of the lengths some will go to try to ban abortion, and we'll be shocked by many more.
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