SocraticGadfly: RFK Jr: apparent gaslighter on abortion

May 10, 2024

RFK Jr: apparent gaslighter on abortion

I had blogged last fall about Kennedy visiting Auntie Angie's House, an abortion alternatives site for Black women that apparently believes the "abortion is Black genocide" BS.

So, imagine my surprise last night when ... I heard something else.

Bob Jr. now seems to be a BIG OLD GASLIGHTER on abortion! He and Veep nominee Nicole Shanahan were both on Sage Steele's podcast, him some time back, her a bit later. Bob said that abortions should be allowed the full nine months; the podcast was pre-recorded. Steele then asked Shanahan about that when interviewing her. Here's what Bob said, when Sage pushed:

“Even if it’s full-term,” Kennedy said in response to a follow-up question. “I don’t think it’s ever OK,” he added. When Steele said that would allow late-term abortions, Kennedy said, “I think we have to leave it to the women rather than the state.”

And, here's Nicole:

“My understanding with Bobby’s position is that, you know, every abortion is a tragedy, is a loss of life,” Shanahan said. “My understanding is that he absolutely believes in limits on abortion, and we’ve talked about this. I do not think, I don’t know where that came from.”


But wait, it gets better!

Despite being on YouTube AT Angie's House:


Bobby Boy has deleted his campaign Facebook post and at least one other site with him talking about that visit and video. (The actual video ain't his.)

In case Bobby Boy pressures someone to delete that video?

No worries:


That's a screengrab from it. Lighting was pretty low, so I did some levels and contrast editing on it. 

Per the NBC story, Bob Jr. has at other times said he supported first-trimester abortion only, then claimed he misunderstood the question.

As for Shanahan, she didn't get her ideas about what RFK Jr. thinks out of nowhere. They came from somewhere, including the Angie's House visit, and probably comments made elsewhere, like the one he disavowed.

Now, Bob Jr. may pivot to the claim that he was simply talking about government control. But, isn't that what a lot of Liberal Cafeteria Catholics say on the issue? (There are also Conservative Cafeteria Catholics; ask anti-abortion Catholics if they're really pro-life to the point of following official Vatican teaching and doctrine against the death penalty.)

Anyway, Bob Jr. has gaslighted a lot more people than Nicole Shanahan.

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