The Daily Show Takes on Wendy Davis and the Texas Abortion Debate

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There are many layers of absurdity that surround the abortion debate at the state Capitol over the past several days. There was state Representative Jodie Laubenberg's claim that rape kits clean out pregnancy and Republican senators' flimsy rationale for ending Wendy Davis' epic filibuster. There was the deafening, 15-minute roar from the Senate gallery that prevented lawmakers from taking a vote in the final minutes of the special session and the fact that Davis may have been peeing the whole time. And now, we're about to do it all over again.

There's too much there to properly unpack, but The Daily Show gave it a shot last night. "It's just like the plot of Frank Capra's classic movie, Mrs. Smith Wants an Abortion," host John Oliver declares admiringly as he opened the segment, before wondering if concern over proposals that would outlaw abortion after 20 weeks and effectively close 27 of the state's 32 abortion providers is just a bit overblown.

"Hold on. Is five abortion clinics in 269,000 square miles really so bad?" he asked. "Think about it: Texas would still have three more abortion clinics than it has Six Flags amusement parts.

"So, if Senator Davis can talk 13 hours, Texas women won't have to drive 13 hours to get an abortion," he continued. "OK. How hard can that be?"

Then Oliver turns to Republican attempts to end it by saying Davis strayed off topic, which he calls "one of the shadiest moves of all time."

"What? This is a debate about abortion restrictions," Oliver says. "How are Planned Parenthood and forced sonograms off topic? That's like saying 'Talk to me about White Castle, but don't mention diarrhea.'"

And then, there was the reported attempt to change computer records to make it look like the vote passing abortion restrictions took place before midnight, not after.

Here's Oliver: "They simply believe that if late one night when you're swept away by your emotions, you make a stupid mistake, you should always have a chance to fix it later and not have to live with the consequences."


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15 comments
Obummer
Obummer

Yo due to Obummerdon’tcare too many dox is getting out o' da bidness. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able ta practice their love wif beotches all across da country.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

"she may have been peeing the whole time"  Really?   Most adults understand she either was wearing diapers or had a catheter and bag.  Is that titillating to you?  Jeez, make a joke about diapers or colostomy bags, but "peeing the whole time"  tee-heehee. 

EateryDozen12
EateryDozen12

@everlastingphelps ...a quick survey of Observer content should have clued you in years ago, but I assume you would know that as a "Top Commenter". Perhaps it's time for you to move somewhere a little less progressive and open than Dallas? 

I know I know, you're "protecting our way of living" or something. It is the internet, you could still visit the Observer and protect us from Arizona or a bunker in Idaho.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Sadly, the Daily Show is a better source of news than CNN, Fox, MSNBC and the major networks combined. Only PBS is left with a news department that is not entertainment oriented. Yes, the Daily Show is comedic entertainment, but it is much sharper than the supposedly real news programs.

crimjunkie
crimjunkie

@everlastingphelps The Daily News doesn't pretend to be something it's not.  And it's actually a better source of information than many so-called hard news organizations (I'm looking at you, Fox CNN MSNBC).

anon
anon

@everlastingphelps yea I don't mean to pile on, but was there any chance the Daily Show was going to ignore the story? this isn't even Unfair Park-worthy unless there really is nothing else out there for news. having said that, I thought the Daily Show segment was well done.

Lorlee
Lorlee

@ObummerWhile the commentors are complaining about the Observer doing the story -- my complaint is that they apparently have no standards for comments.  Do we really have to be subjected to this mindless, crude drivel?


primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

She should have just let it pool on the floor to demonstrate the ridiculousness of these rules.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

@Lorlee @Obummer Mindless,crude drivel is the bedrock of this magnificent institution known as Unfair Park.

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