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Reproductive Rights: Letting It All Hang Out

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Reproductive Rights: Letting It All Hang Out

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To understand the right-wing mindset on reproductive freedom, I would recommend a glance at this series of tweets by National Review correspondent Kevin D. Williamson, followed by Damon Linker’s saner response in The Week. In a nutshell, Williamson urges that women who have abortions should be hanged – along with the doctors, nurses, and other staff that oversee the procedure.

A notorious blowhard, race baiter, and misogynist, Williamson evidently yearns to stir outrage (and attract attention to himself). But the magazine that employs him is well within the Republican mainstream – and as Linker explains, nobody should be shocked by Williamson’s smirking sadism, which proceeds with perfect logic from the “conservative” insistence that abortion is infanticide.

To implement Williamson’s medieval notion of justice would require a lot of scaffolds. According to both Planned Parenthood and Operation Rescue, about one-third of all American women undergo an abortion by the age of 45.

In their endless war on women, the most fervent wingnuts take no prisoners.

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A highly experienced journalist, author and editor, Joe Conason is the editor-in-chief of The National Memo, founded in July 2011. He was formerly the executive editor of the New York Observer, where he wrote a popular political column for many years. His columns are distributed by Creators Syndicate and his reporting and writing have appeared in many publications around the world, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Nation, and Harpers.

Since November 2006, he has served as editor of The Investigative Fund, a nonprofit journalism center, where he has assigned and edited dozens of award-winning articles and broadcasts. He is also the author of two New York Times bestselling books, The Hunting of the President (St. Martins Press, 2000) and Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth (St. Martins Press, 2003).

Currently he is working on a new book about former President Bill Clinton's life and work since leaving the White House in 2001. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, including MSNBC's Morning Joe, and lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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