The AP’s Philip Elliott slandered pro-life politicians Wednesday, portraying them as a frenzied and divisive group on a crusade against “Satan worshippers and savages” and who, given the chance, would eliminate all abortion, including in situations of rape.
Elliott began his hit piece by blatantly distorting what the pro-life lawmakers actually stated in their addresses at the Susan B. Anthony List event Wednesday:
Calling their opponents Satan worshippers and savages, anti-abortion lawmakers on Wednesday insisted that Republican contenders keep an intense focus on social issues in the upcoming midterm elections and the 2016 presidential race.
Throughout the piece Elliott provides reductive and misleading summary of the statements of the presenters, which included Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE). The worst distortion is Elliott’s summary of Cruz’s remarks:
Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican who is a favorite of the tea party, said supporters of abortion rights chant "Hail, Satan" to silence their enemies.
Elliott deliberately attempts to twist Cruz’s description of an actual event into a blanket statement about all supporters of abortion. Cruz was clearly making the point that the pro-abortion movement includes a radical element, as evidenced in the event at the Texas State Capitol in Austin where pro-abortion protestors began chanting “Hail, Satan!” while a pro-life crowd sang “Amazing Grace.” Elliott makes a general reference to the event, but simply says the pro-abortion crowds tried to drown out the pro-lifers with “chants.”
Elliott then moves to Lee, similarly reducing his statement:
Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, said those who support abortion rights favor a "culture of death" and engage in "savagery."
After highlighting that Huckabee stated that we must work to “save every life that we can save,” Elliott quotes Fischer, who commits the grave liberal sin of arguing that abortion is not a women’s issue, saying,
“Abortion is not a women’s issue. It is not a men’s issue. It is not a health care issue. It is a violence issue.”
Near the end of the piece, Elliott suddenly moves out of his summary of the event and attempts to insert rape into the conversation by dredging up the absurd quote by Todd Akin (which conservatives all blasted) that rap is "really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Elliott follows that with another quote from 2012 by candidate Richard Mourdock that "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
Elliott's warning is clear: Even in cases of rape, all of these extremist pro-life politicians will attempt to block abortion.