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CNN's Toobin Slams Pro-Life Movement: 'They Want Women to Have No Control Over Their Own Bodies'

On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, CNN's senior legal analyst smeared the entire pro-life movement in saying on Wednesday's AC360 Later, "They want women to have no control over their own bodies."

Jeff Toobin was referring to the Texas case where a hospital, claiming that it is following state law, has kept a brain-dead woman on life support against the family's wishes in order to bring her unborn child to term. Toobin went on a rant against the law:

"This is the logical extension of what the anti-abortion woman – movement wants. They want women to have no control over their own bodies. They want the Texas legislature to decide whether this woman has to carry this baby to term, even though she's dead. It is a repulsive abrogation of women's autonomy. This is an anti-woman law."

[Video below. Audio here.]

Toobin added later that Texas, as a "low-tax state, low-service state," won't care for the child:

"Can I also just raise one other point here is that this child clearly now, if it's born, will suffer from horrendous financial – medical condition, which the Texas state has no interest in taking care of, because Texas is a low-tax state, low-service state. All they care about is forcing women to deliver babies that they don't want, but they have no interest in taking care of those children once they are actually born. And I think that's a relevant factor in this debate."

Toobin wouldn't give any evidence to back up his claim. Meanwhile, attorney Mark Geragos also chimed in that Texas is a "low-legislative IQ state." Such is the liberal elitism that calls AC360 Later its home.

Below is a partial transcript of the segment:

CNN
AC360 LATER
1/22/14
[10:08 p.m. EST]

JEFFREY TOOBIN, CNN senior legal analyst: This is a political issue. This is the logical extension of what the anti-abortion woman – movement wants. They want women to have no control over their own bodies. They want the Texas legislature to decide whether this woman has to carry this baby to term, even though she's dead. It is a repulsive abrogation of women's autonomy. This is an anti-woman law.

(Crosstalk)

NAVARRO: I don't agree with that. And the reason I don't agree with that is because I lived in Florida through the Terri Schiavo case. And that became a very political case, with politicians, even on the federal level, weighing in and taking action. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I have not seen any political involvement as this case moves –

(Crosstalk)

GERAGOS: The law is totally politically driven. The law was designed -- this is nothing but a Trojan horse for the abortion –

(Crosstalk)

HOSTIN: We don't know that, Mark.

TOOBIN: Of course we know that, Sunny.

GERAGOS: We do know that! The very example Ana just gave was the abortion example, and that's the only one that you jumped in to agree with.

(Crosstalk)

NAVARRO: If I was pregnant with a baby that I thought might be able to survive and I was in this condition, I probably would want the baby to be able to survive.

(Crosstalk)

HOSTIN: I think 99 percent of women would want the baby.

(...)

TOOBIN: Can I also just raise one other point here is that this child clearly now, if it's born, will suffer from horrendous financial – medical condition, which the Texas state has no interest in taking care of, because Texas is a low-tax state, low-service state. All they care about is forcing women to deliver babies that they don't want, but they have no interest in taking care of those children once they are actually born. And I think that's a relevant factor in this debate.

GERAGOS: That's because they're also a low-legislative IQ state.

— Matt Hadro is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. Follow Matt Hadro on Twitter.