Actress Busy Philipps, an abortion advocate ( of course). testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the topic this week.
I must drop in here that I am offended by celebrity witnesses participating Congressional hearings. They seldom are the most expert or prepared authorities, and have no special credentials except that they look nice and usually can speak clearly. They get the opportunity to attract publicity to the hearings, and accept it to burnish their images.
In this case, the actress’s primary qualification to talk about abortion is that she had one (at 15). Philipps’ more recent argument for abortion is that a lot of women have had one, which is 100% irrelevant to the ethical and legal issues at hand. Beyond that, she essentially mouths standard talking points. In her opening statement to the House Judiciary Committee, she said,
“I am a human being that deserves autonomy in this country that calls itself free, and choices that a human being makes about their own bodies should not be legislated by strangers who can’t possibly know or understand each individual’s circumstances or beliefs.”
I’ve been unsuccessfully looking for what Busy’s major was at Loyola Marymount, assuming she graduated (all the sources says “she attended” the school), but based on that mess, we can assume it wasn’t English Literature, pre-law or Philosophy. Laws do not typically include variances according to a citizen’s beliefs or circumstances. Robbery is illegal, even if you really need the money or don’t “believe” in property rights.
Then Texas Congressman Louie Gomert asked a pertinent question. Melissa Ohden, the founder of the Abortion Survivors Network who survived a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977, had testified earlier. “Would you agree that somebody who has survived an abortion, like Melissa Ohden, has a right, once she’s born, to life, to have control over her body where someone else doesn’t take her life?” he asked.
“Although I played a doctor on television, sir, I am actually not a physician,” she replied. Continue reading