MSNBC: Royal Baby? Parents’ ‘Feelings’ Say When Life Begins, ‘Not Science’

Alissa Tabirian | July 23, 2013 | 10:37am EDT
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( – Noting the worldwide excitement surrounding Kate Middleton’s pregnancy, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry compared the hoopla surrounding the British royal birth to Texas abortion politics, and then offered her own definition of viability:

“When does life begin? I submit the answer depends an awful lot on the feeling of the parents. A powerful feeling – but not science,” Harris-Perry said on her show Sunday. “The problem is that many of our policymakers want to base sweeping laws on those feelings.”

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Harris-Perry also said that women with unwanted pregnancies do not share the same experience as the Duchess of Cambridge, who gave birth Monday to an 8 pound, 6 ounce baby boy who is now third in line to the British throne.

“When a pregnancy is wanted . . . it is easy to think of the bump as a baby,” Harris-Perry said. “But not every pregnancy is a fairy tale.”

“An unwanted pregnancy can be biologically the same as a wanted one. But the experience can be entirely different,” she added.

Planned Parenthood awarded Harris-Perry, who also wore tampon earrings on air Sunday to protest the Texas abortion bill, with a Maggie Award for Media Excellence in TV News Reporting on July 12 “for her coverage of the federal and state-level political attacks on women’s health, family planning funding, and health care access.”

Maggie Award recipients “enhance the public’s understanding of reproductive rights and health care issues, including contraception, sex education, teen pregnancy, abortion, and international family planning.”


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