Mehmet Oz-John Fetterman debate dangerous abortion quote
during Tuesday Night Anti-Pennsylvania Senate DebateRepublican Mehmet Oz was asked to clarify his stance on abortion rights.
When asked about her feelings on the national abortion ban—something like Republican legislators have already introduced And hopefully whether they’ll take control of Congress—Oz tried to shrug off the question. But what he said was both shocking and shocking.
Oz tried to avoid the question. But what he said was both shocking and shocking.
“As a physician,” he said, “I’ve been in the room when some difficult conversations are taking place. I don’t want the federal government to get involved. I want women, doctors, local political leaders, to advance democracy. Let us grow, which has always allowed our country to put forward the best ideas so that the states can decide for themselves.”
women. Doctor. local political leader.
Let’s break it down: According to Oz, women (primarily people seeking abortion care), doctors (people qualified to advise and provide abortion care), and local political leaders (like, say, this man) should be involved in the private reproductive health care decisions of all individuals. Sure, he’s not declaring his support for a national abortion ban, but Oz is certainly indicating loudly and clearly that if states continue to ban safe and legal abortion care, So he wouldn’t mind – including, possibly, his own.
Oz’s position, as noted on Tuesday night, is not particularly consistent. Why would local politicians be more qualified to restrict medical care to large segments of the population than national ones? why when Most Americans support legal abortionwill force birth (or death) be a function of our democracy’s “best views” on women in a patchwork of US states?
There are no good answers to these questions. as Monica Hesse put it in The Washington Post: “‘Local political leaders’ enacting health care laws that affect patients they will never meet, a situation that can only hurt women and doctors.”
But the truth is that it doesn’t matter. This week we only learned what we already knew: Oz is just more of that. He is doing the same thing that has dominated the Republican right wing for decades, and he is willing to trade patients’ lives for political power.
The Republican Party is not an institution specifically concerned with moral or political stability. (See: Herschelle Walker, the Georgia Senate candidate who is Public anti-abortion extremistsAnd Women have reportedly been pressured to terminate pregnancies in privateFor which he reportedly even paid.) Abortion has been used by the party’s most radical wing as a way to whip up its base since the late 1970s, often compared to calculated political tactics. is driven less by a fundamental belief system – a way to reach a perceived moral high ground while pursuing an agenda of racial segregation.
As Dartmouth professor Randall Ballmer, author of “Bad Faith: Race and the Rise of the Religious Right”, writes in Roe v. As mentioned in Politico after Wade’s reversal, Anti-abortion sentiment did not become a central issue for conservative evangelical leaders Until the mid-1978 period, five years after Roe and amid efforts by the IRS to repeal the tax-exempt status of church-sponsored whites-only segregation academies. Prior to the late ’70s, abortion was largely considered a Catholic issue, and many evangelical leaders also actively supported the legalization of abortion. That changed when a group of men considered the architects of the religious right discovered how anti-abortion sentiment could be used to drive out white voters.
Anti-abortion sentiment did not become a central issue for conservative evangelical leaders until the mid-term 1978, five years after Roe.
“Opposition to abortion, therefore, was a godsend for religious right leaders because it allowed them to divert attention away from the true origins of their movement: the defense of racial segregation in evangelical institutions,” Ballmer wrote. “With a clever twist, they were able to acknowledge the righteous fury against legalized abortion and thus give a veneer of respect to their political activism.”
Abortion care – which, again, has a real, physical impact on the safety of women and other giving birth – is little more than a cynical tool for right-wing democracies used to consolidate power.
And notably, Oz is no original thinker. Despite his medical license, he is a hoaxare scientifically unproven detox and cleanse formulations, and wife false information, such as claiming that apple juice contains dangerous levels of arsenic. (It’s not.)
He does not behave differently in the political arena. Mehmet Oz will say what he believes will lead him to a potential election victory. If medical care of millions is sacrificed as a result, it’s just business, baby.
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