MSNBC Anchor: ‘I Don’t Want to Get Bogged Down’ with Whether Babies Feel Pain During Abortion

by Andrew Johnson

MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin doesn’t seem terribly concerned with the question of whether infants being aborted can feel pain.

In an interview this morning, after Melvin said the evidence that the unborn feel pain before the third trimester is “limited,” Representative Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.) explained to Melvin that the bill dealt with pregnancies at the 20th week or later, and went on to liken unborn infants at this developemntal stage to “tiny little preemies” in a neonatal unit who respond to “the pricks and the prods and the pain.” She also pointed out that surgeons operating on fetuses use anaesthesia. Melvin interrupted her explanation to say, “I don’t want to get bogged down” with the issue. “I think a great deal of people would agree that science and that public opinion is on your side,” he said, before moving to another topic.

Later in the interview, Melvin interrupted Blackburn again to ask whether the bill before the House that would ban almost all abortions after 20 weeks was “purely pandering.” The congresswoman took offense, asking, “Is saving the life of women and babies ‘pandering?’ Absolutely not, I can’t believe you would say something like that.”

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