Morning Roundup: Jacksonville Mayoral Candidate Jokes About Bombing Abortion Clinics

Beth Saunders

South Dakota wants to require a crisis pregnancy center visit before an abortion, racist billboards appear in Manhattan, Oklahoma and Missouri advance bills banning abortion at 20 weeks, and a Jacksonville mayoral canditate jokes about bombing clinics, but said it was ok, the audience was Catholic.

South Dakota moves forward with a bill requiring a woman to visit a crisis pregnancy center before an abortion, racist billboards appear in Manhattan, Oklahoma and Missouri advance bills banning abortion at 20 weeks, and a Jacksonville mayoral canditate joked about bombing clinics, but said it was ok, because his audience was Catholic.

  • The South Dakota House has passed a bill requiring women to visit crisis pregnancy centers for “counseling” by an anti-choice activist before being able to terminate a pregnancy. Aside from mandating “harassment, propaganda and coercion,” the bill is also unconstitutional, and the state will need to spend mass amounts of money to defend it in court.
  • The racist anti-choice billboard campaign has reached Manhattan, and New Yorkers aren’t too happy about it. Picturing a little African-American girl, the ad reads, “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.” One man was so disgusted he called the city’s 311 hotline to report it.
  • Oklahoma is moving forward on an abortion ban at 20 weeks (based on the false notion of “fetal pain”), as is Missouri, based on viability.
  • A Jacksonville, Florida, mayoral candidate joked about bombing abortion clinics, but said it was appropriate, because he did so in front of a Catholic audience, who was “110% pro-life.” (Does he also make racist jokes when no people of color are around?) While bragging about how anti-choice he is, he said,
  • the only thing he wouldn’t do was bomb an abortion clinic, then the law-and-order advocate added, with a laugh, “but it may cross my mind.”
    The Mandarin crowd applauded.

    Catholics, and anti-abortion activists in the area had differing reactions. Most said the “joke” was not funny, but one attendee said, “”There’s no reason to get so serious about the whole thing.”

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