A clip of former MSNBC pundit Melissa Harris-Perry's discussion on abortion and fetal rights in 2013 has recently re-surfaced online, leading to conservative backlash. In the clip, Harris-Perry refers to a fertilized human egg as "this thing" and argues for abortion by citing the "economic consequences" that result "if" a zygote "turns into a person." She also contended that life begins not at conception or some other quantifiable developmental milestone, but rather that it "depends an awful lot on the feeling of the parents."
Conservatives countered that Harris-Perry's argument opens the door to abortion at any stage of pregnancy — perhaps including even post-birth abortions — and ignores the rights of the unborn in favor of the whims of the mother.
Monday on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn relished the opportunity to utilize some antique models of fetal developments he acquired a few years back to demonstrate Harris-Perry's ignorance of biology and conservatives' philosophy on abortion.
"Let's deal with two subjects," Glenn said. "Because what she's doing here is she's mixing science and economics, OK? This 'thing,' this fertilized egg, may not turn into this [fetus], because a woman may flush it out of her system naturally."
"Yeah, I don't think that's what she's saying," Pat Gray responded sardonically.