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The Perfect Spokesperson for the Left

Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, demonstrated recently that she is both humor-impaired and vicious, as she misconstrued a two-decades old joke that Roberts made about lawyers as a joke about women and labeled Roberts a “Neanderthal.” In a segment yesterday on Roberts and abortion on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Gandy also showed that she is severely truth-impaired. To cite three (of many) examples:

1. On two occasions (once after being specifically corrected), Gandy asserted that the current Court is only 5-4 in support of the basic Roe regime. The Court is 5-4 on partial-birth abortion (a topic that was discussed at some length on the segment), but Gandy’s assertion expressly went to the broader Roe regime. The 5-4 lie is apparently commonplace among abortion activists, as this FactCheck.org refutation indicates.

2. Gandy asserted that partial-birth abortion is almost always used only in cases of severe fetal abnormalities. But this lie was exploded more than eight years ago, when the executive director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers repudiated what he called “the party line” and disclosed that “in the vast majority of” the 3000-5000 annual instances of partial-birth abortion, the barbaric act is done to “a healthy mother with a healthy fetus that is 20 weeks or more along.” (See here for extensive detail on this and other points, including underlying documentation.)

3. Long after NARAL has withdrawn its mendacious anti-Roberts ad, Gandy alleged that Roberts’s participation in the Bray case demonstrated that he supported the unlawful conduct at issue.

By the way, Gandy appeared on the C-SPAN segment along with Family Research Council’s Cathy Cleaver Ruse, who did a wonderful job presenting the pro-life and anti-Roe perspective. The contrast between Gandy and Ruse was striking across the board.

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