O'Reilly claimed "women's privacy" is "the new mantra" which allows for "infanticide"

››› ››› JOCELYN FONG

After airing a clip on his radio show of actress Ashley Judd stating that "Senator [Barack] Obama has a 100 percent voting record for women's privacy and reproductive health," Fox News host Bill O'Reilly asserted that the phrase "women's privacy" is the "new mantra" which allows for "infanticide."

During the September 29 broadcast of his radio program, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly aired the following remark made by actress Ashley Judd during an interview with CNSNews.com at the Clinton Global Initiative: "With regard to women, who I think do make such an important constituency in this upcoming election, [Sen. John] McCain has a zero record on voting against women's privacy and reproductive health. Senator [Barack] Obama has a 100 percent voting record for women's privacy and reproductive health." O'Reilly then stated, "Now notice 'women's privacy' and 'reproductive health.' Notice that. That's the new mantra: Women's privacy. So, if a woman wants to abort a fetus at any time, even after it's birthed -- after it's a baby -- 'women's privacy.' " Moments later, he added: "So, if you want to have an abortion or even infanticide, it's privacy."

Neither Obama, nor NARAL Pro-Choice America -- which gave Obama a score of 100 percent and McCain a score of 0 percent based on five votes in 2007 -- advocate amending federal law to permit the killing of a baby "after it's birthed." O'Reilly's remarks echo false accusations -- documented by Media Matters for America -- that Obama's opposition to a bill amending the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 demonstrates his support for infanticide. In fact, Obama and other opponents of the bill said they did not support it because it threatened abortion rights and was unnecessary given that the law already protects fetuses born alive during abortions.

From the September 29 broadcast of Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly:

JUDD [audio clip]: With regard to women, who I think do make such an important constituency in this upcoming election, McCain has a zero record on voting against women's privacy and reproductive health. Senator Obama has a 100 percent voting record for women's privacy and reproductive health. And the only reason that McCain has a zero is organizations like Planned Parenthood couldn't find a lower number. And a woman voting for McCain and Palin is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.

O'REILLY: OK, somebody wrote that for her. Now notice "women's privacy" and "reproductive health." Notice that. That's the new mantra: Women's privacy. So, if a woman wants to abort a fetus at any time, even after it's birthed -- after it's a baby -- women's privacy. Notice that. Very interesting new description. Reproductive health. That could be anything. Anything at all. Migraine headache. Panic attack. But "women's privacy" is the key there. So, if you want to have an abortion or even infanticide, it's privacy.

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Health Care, Reproductive Rights
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Westwood One
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Bill O'Reilly
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The Radio Factor
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Barack Obama, John McCain, 2008 Elections
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