Rush's latest abortion idiocy

The shock jock offers a new plan to stop abortion -- and takes conservative trolling to previously unknown heights

By Katie McDonough
January 18, 2013 1:51AM (UTC)
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There really isn't much to say about Rush Limbaugh anymore. Barely a day passes without hearing about some new, horrible thing he said.

And obviously, since you're reading this, today is no different.

After a rousing bit of back and forth with a caller on gun control ("If you have gun control laws, the law-abiding will be the only people that don't have guns!"), Limbaugh launched into a new theory about how to ban abortion in the United States.


By suggesting doctors perform them with guns.

Partial transcript below (bold text mine):

RUSH: That's true. I've often wondered, what is so hard for the left to understand about that? By definition, if you have gun control laws, the law-abiding will be the only people that don't have guns. In fact, the most stringent gun control laws in the country today are DC and New York and they've got the highest crime rates with guns. Doesn't that tell them something? So it must be something not to do with guns. It's gotta be about something totally different than gun control.

CALLER: I think it does. It's just terrible that 26 people died in Sandy Hook and 20 of them were children. Terrible. Very sad, coming up to Christmas. Hopes and dreams the young children had, their parents and weddings and congratulations that will never occur. However, on any given day in America, more than 3,000 children are killed from abortion, and we have no problems with that. We're okay with that; it's not an issue.

You can't spend 40 years telling people and telling children that if I make a mistake -- if something comes up and this child that I don't want is in the way of my future and the way of me graduating high school, is in the way of me going to college, is the way of me being happy, is in the way of whatever I want out of life -- then it's okay for me to kill the baby. But later on when I become a disgruntled employee, when I become an unhappy student at school because children are bullying me, then I want to eliminate them to get them out of the way? It's the same concept.

RUSH: Well, it's a good point. You know how to stop abortion? Require that each one occur with a gun.


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Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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