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Missouri State Rep. Mike Moon is a politician who has compared abortion to the Holocaust, proposed adding an exhibit on abortion tools next to the slavery exhibit in Missouriā€™s State Museum, and filed legislation to give an embryo the rights of a person. On Monday, MoonĀ pulled another gross stunt in the name of the ā€œunbornā€: he beheaded a chicken and ripped out its heart on a Facebook live video to announce a bill that seeks to end abortion in Missouri.

For those of you who (understandably) donā€™t want to watch the video, hereā€™s the transcript via the Missouri Times:

When the governor called for the second special session this year, I was right in the middle of my summer job. But like any good career politician, when I get the call (breaks to behead chicken), Iā€™m going back to work. God gave us man dominion over life. He allows us to raise animals properly and care for them and then process them for food so we can sustain life. And thatā€™s what Iā€™m doing here with this chicken. So weā€™ve been called back to this special session for the primary purpose of supporting life, protecting the unborn specifically. I think we need to get to the heart of the matter here (pulls out chickenā€™s heart). So today, Iā€™m filing a bill that will lead to the stopping of abortion in the state of Missouri and I hope youā€™ll support it.

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Here is a delightful comment Rep. Moon left on his Facebook page, further explaining his actions:

Though Moon may be the most extreme of the far right, anti-abortion politicians in Missouri, he is certainly not alone. Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has asked state legislators to pass more restrictions on abortion after a federal judge ruled against restrictions that require clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers and require abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Similar laws in Texas were struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in last yearā€™s Whole Womenā€™s Health v. Hellerstedt. Per the AP, Greitens has also directed legislators to find a way ā€œto undoā€ a St. Louis ordinance that prohibits housing and workplace discrimination ā€œbased on pregnancies, abortions and other ā€˜reproductive health decisions.ā€™ā€

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