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Former Trump adviser: Women’s reproductive rights are worse than child molestation

Former Trump campaign adviser Stephen Moore said on Monday that “there’s no moral high ground” in the Alabama Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and his Democratic opponent Doug Jones, despite the fact that Moore is an alleged child molester and Jones is … not. Moore’s comments came Monday night during a panel discussion on […]

By Caroline Orr - November 20, 2017
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Moore’s comments came Monday night during a panel discussion on CNN, when he made a jaw-dropping moral equivalency between child sexual abuse and a woman’s right to choose.

“This election is almost a jury of his peers, right? To indicate whether the people of Alabama want this man to represent them,” Moore argued, speaking about Roy Moore, who has been accused of child sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by nine different women.

“By the way, the Democrat is no saint, either,” he continued. “The Democratic candidate is for partial birth abortion in a state that’s highly Christian and Catholic. So there’s no moral high ground here.”

“Except one is an alleged child molester,” guest host John Berman shot back.

“Right, and the other one is for partial birth abortion,” Moore said, using a medically inaccurate term in an attempt to evoke outrage over a legal medical procedure.

Moore, who now works at the Heritage Foundation, tried to portray Jones’ pro-choice views as extreme and inconsistent with the values of Alabama voters.

In making the false equivalency, Moore forgot a few important details, including the fact that abortion is a constitutionally protected right and child sexual abuse is a horrific crime.

Furthermore, Jones’ views on abortions are anything but extreme. As he explained in a recent interview, he supports the laws that are currently on the book, which protect a woman’s right to choose when and if to have a family.

“To be clear, I fully support a woman’s freedom to choose to what happens to her own body,” Jones told MSNBC in late September. “That is an intensely, intensely personal decision that only she, in consultation with her god, her doctor, her partner or family, that’s her choice.”

“I’m not in favor of anything that is going to infringe on a woman’s right and her freedom to choose,” Jones said. “That’s just the position that I’ve had for many years. It’s a position I continue to have. But I want to make sure people understand, that once a baby is born, I’m going to be there for that child.”

Can Republicans say the same?


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