Morning Joe’s host Joe Scarborough took a giant running leap over the shark and twisted Dr. Oz’s words about abortion during the debate with PA Dem, John Fetterman. The Democrats were demolished by Dr. Oz as he struggled to piece together a coherent sentence. Hence why clowns like Scarborough are out in droves, trying to smear Oz.
Scarborough tried to twist Oz’s words and claimed that the doctor wants officials to make decisions on abortion. What Oz proposed what that doctors, officials, and women should all be heard in the state’s decision on abortion laws.
“I am not gonna support federal — federal rules that block the ability of states to do what they wish to do. The abortion decision should be left up to states,” declared Oz. When asked whether he would vote for Senator Lindsay Graham’s bill setting a federal ban on abortions after 15 weeks, Oz doubled down on the answer.
“Any bill that violates what I said — which is the federal government interfering with the state rule on abortion — I would vote against,” he said.
Scarborough claimed that Oz was “talking about people in the Water Management District making decisions about life or death, life-or-death decisions on rape, incest, life of the mother.” In another instance, he asserted that Oz wanted “Parks and Recreation people” making those decisions.
The basis of Scarborough’s claims is a statement from Oz earlier in the debate:
“There should not be involvement from the federal government in how states decide their abortion decisions. As a physician, I’ve been in the room when there’s some difficult conversations happening. I don’t want the federal government involved with that at all. I want women, doctors, local political leaders, letting the democracy that’s always allowed our nation to thrive to put the best ideas forward so states can decide for themselves.”
It’s been quite the journey for Scarborough, who voted in favor of federal bans on late-term abortions in Congress and wrote as recently as 2013 that the press should avoid “mindlessly following a left-leaning narrative on abortion that is more interested in promoting political agendas than reporting on political realities.”
He submitted then that “the remarkable advances” in medicine had “moved viability forward” and seemed to endorse “state legislatures like Texas and Wisconsin testing the boundaries of Roe.” Now, he makes his money lazily smearing those who share his old sensibilities in service of a candidate who supports an unrestricted right to abortion through birth.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.