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Fox’s Tucker Carlson Is Mad About An Undocumented Teen Paying For Her Own Abortion

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Fox’s Tucker Carlson Is Mad About An Undocumented Teen Paying For Her Own Abortion

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Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson and guest Kristan Hawkins, president of the anti-abortion group Students for Life of America (SFLA), on Wednesday repeated the right-wing myth of so-called “taxpayer-funded abortion,” alleging that a recent judicial ruling requires taxpayers to pay for abortions for undocumented immigrants.

On October 18, a federal judge in Texas ordered the Trump administration to quit barring abortion access for an undocumented teen (referred to as Jane Doe) who is being held in federal custody in the state by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement. During the hearing, lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) argued that the government was not impeding Jane Doe’s access to an abortion because she was “free to return to her home country for the procedure.” Judge Tanya Chutkan said she was “astounded” by DOJ’s argument. “She can leave the country or not get her abortion. That’s your position,” she replied. On October 19, the DOJ appealed the ruling, and a federal appeals court in D.C. announced that it would hear oral arguments on October 20. The D.C. court also issued an administrative stay temporarily blocking the teen from having an abortion.

Rather than discuss the facts of the case, on October 18, Carlson hosted Hawkins to repeatedly lie that the ruling would require taxpayers to fund abortions for undocumented immigrants. Carlson claimed, “Liberals are arguing that U.S. taxpayers somehow have an obligation to fund abortions for illegal aliens.” Hawkins agreed, stating that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) — which argued the case on behalf of Jane Doe — “sees this opportunity, along with their abortion allies, to mandate that taxpayers facilitate her abortion.” She also said that the organization was attempting to claim that the teen has a “constitutional right to have a taxpayer-funded abortion.” Hawkins alleged that the ruling would set a “dangerous precedence” (sic) for other people to “come to the United States illegally or legally” because the country would “fund a taxpayer-funded abortion for you.”

Unfortunately for Carlson, the facts of the case run contrary to his and his guest’s claims. Despite Carlson and Hawkins’ allegations, Jane Doe requires no government support to receive an abortion. According to BuzzFeed News, Jane Doe did not ask for “the government to pay for the procedure or arrange the transportation.” Instead, as Politico reported, Jane Doe “has [already] obtained the money to pay for” the abortion. But rather than acknowledge those facts, Carlson and Hawkins instead joined in the Fox News chorusof xenophobic scare tactics about undocumented immigrants in the United States. Carlson also has a history of advancing anti-choice misinformation, often by hosting anti-abortion leaders.

Beyond Carlson, right-wing media frequently push the myth that taxpayers fund abortions. Under the Hyde Amendment, federal funding for abortion is prohibited except in cases of rape or incest or if the life of the mother is in danger.

During the October 18 segment, Hawkins additionally talked about the importance of having a “pro-life HHS” because “they’re the ones trying to protect this young girl from the ACLU, from Planned Parenthood who are just simply using her.” However, as Rewire’s Tina Vasquez detailed, this so-called protection is actually harmful: She explained that there are numerous allegations of HHS using underhanded tactics to impede access to abortion for Jane Doe and other undocumented immigrants — often in direct opposition to the individual’s wishes. As Vasquez noted, this interference is so extreme that some advocates have called Jane Doe’s case “a harbinger of the ‘anti-choice fanaticism’ working its way into the immigration system since Trump’s presidential inauguration.”

For example, according to the ACLU’s complaint, Jane Doe and other undocumented immigrants have been forced to go to crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), which employ deceptive tactics and push medicalmisinformation to dissuade or intimidate individuals from receiving desired abortion care. And unlike abortion providers, CPCs actually can receive taxpayer funding, despite providing little that resembles genuine health care. The ACLU also alleged that Scott Lloyd, director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, “personally contacted” one or more pregnant undocumented minors in order to dissuade them from having abortions. In one related incident, the ACLU found that an undocumented minor was taken to the emergency room after she had taken the first of two pills used in a medical abortion in order “to determine the health status” of the “unborn child” and potentially stop the procedure.

The stark reality is that, as the complaint stated, many of the undocumented pregnant minors who cross the Mexico border have an “acute need” for reproductive health care; studies have shown that many are pregnant as the result of rapes committed in their home countries or during the dangerous journey across the border. But instead of acknowledging that reality, Carlson and Hawkins opted to advance lies about immigrants and abortion access in order to vilify undocumented minors seeking medical care.

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16 Comments

  1. bojimbo26 October 20, 2017

    Poor lil` Tucker , having another tantrum .

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  2. bobnstuff October 20, 2017

    I wish they would stop using pro life as the name of their movement. They are only pro birth. For years this group has used lies to support there agenda. This is just one more case in a long line of attempts to keep women as a sup class.

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  3. Yvette Peller Zamost October 20, 2017

    Shame on you Carlson!! are you and your ilk going to take care of all these babies? Keep out of women’s lives!!! Your father would be ashamed of you!!!!!

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 20, 2017

      Yes, Tucker is only adding to the shame and humiliation his parents must be enduring—either in this world or in the next—because of his ill-mannered attitudes and godless weekly prattle.

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  4. ps0rjl October 20, 2017

    That poor little undocumented immigrant. Doesn’t she know the Trump administration and the CPC only have her interest at heart. So what if she already has the money to pay for an abortion. My thought is if Tucker and the CPC don’t want an abortion, don’t get one. Just leave that personal choice to each woman.

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  5. loveofcountry October 20, 2017

    Everyone come to the US. Abortion
    capital of the world. Don’t want to carry your child. Kill it here. Not a citizen, no worries, we feel your pain. We might want to tell you that you could give your child life and perhaps give the baby up for adoption, but hey you don’t want it, kill it.

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    1. Dapper Dan October 20, 2017

      You need to change your name for clarification to loveofrussia. I know your a Russian troll following your dear leaders commands to come on these comment boards and act all high and mighty. You fools don’t know what a true democracy is where the citizens of this country are free to make our own personal decisions not dictated to by an Orwellian government. We’ll fight to the death to stop becoming the dystopian society depicted in The Handsmaid Tale and 1984

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    2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 20, 2017

      Pure nonsense by a bleak, bleary-eyed, boorish fellow. Infatuated as you are with being a designated cheerleader for an antiquated concept of Nationalism is a sure fire way to being irrelevant, and remaining irrelevant.
      A serf mentality, and not having learned the failures of the moribund concepts of czarist Russia has-beens, takes a toll on the mind.

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      1. loveofcountry October 20, 2017

        What makes you think I am a man?

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    3. Marilyn October 22, 2017

      I thought your group didn’t want “anchor” babies which is what the young girl will have if she is not allowed to have the abortion. Usually the right-wingers are whining about women coming here to have babies, not abortions.

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  6. Richard Prescott October 20, 2017

    Pro-lifers have never offered to take in unwanted births to care for them. All they want is to have people who cannot afford a child suffer more.
    And these very same people refuse to promote proper and valid sex education, and have birth control provided.
    Oh yes, and they are willing to kill living humans to promote their beliefs.
    Well we have all seen recently just how serious they are – the Congressman from PA who told his mistress to get an abortion. The very same man who was so pro-life and anti-abortion. Then he tries to blame his staffers.
    And Fox News has just been exposed again using a man claiming to have been a Viet Nam Navy Seal with Purple Hearts and “many” medals to promote “their” flawed side of Dumbo’s latest behavior over deceased soldiers.
    They (Fox News) never verified his claims, or HIM – he NEVER served in the military let alone do anything he claimed.
    Anything from that channel is to be considered biased unverified reporting.

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    1. Dapper Dan October 20, 2017

      Fox is the real fake news

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  7. dtgraham October 20, 2017

    I watch a few minutes of this guy here and there whenever I get the chance, out of horrid fascination. He’s now almost nothing but right-wing culture warrior stuff from what I can see. Taxes, job creation, the economy, health care — what’s that? It’s all about how Muslims on campus are refusing to listen to Ann Coulter, and also having abortions while grabbing your guns before kneeling during the national anthem.

    Carlson just makes it up as he goes along too. His interview technique is to immediately cut the non-conservative interviewee off as soon as they start bringing up factual information that he doesn’t want Fox viewers to hear. He’ll then divert to something else right away while insisting that the interviewee isn’t addressing his false facts. The moment they start to, they get cut off again and the topic changes to something else. This pattern keeps repeating itself.

    A lot of people tune in to this slimeball for their prime time news and political opinion every night. That’s a scary thought.

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 20, 2017

      Scary indeed!!

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  8. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 20, 2017

    Reading about Tucker’s depreciation in worth as a human being is a vindication of an fundamental axiom that wasting one’s time abusing others, and practicing how to be a more disgruntled churl, has serious consequences.

    And Tucker’s plight increases each day he wakes up.

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  9. 788eddie October 21, 2017

    It sounds to me like the Christian Evil-genitals are at it again. Sheeesh!

    Reply

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